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ASEAN gender gap hurts working women

Update: May, 07/2013 - 10:03

Women from ASEAN nations experience more difficulties at work than their male colleagues, including living on lower pay.— VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS)—Women from ASEAN nations experience more difficulties at work than their male colleagues, including living on lower pay, according to a regional workshop held yesterday in Ha Noi.

These difficulties involved maternal leave and caring for children, which required a better social security network, said participants at the meeting organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Singapore.

Delegates pressed for the equal integration of women into the workforce and social security system. They also discussed protection policies for female workers during pregnancy and maternal leave, including proper salaries, bonuses and reproductive health-care services.

Delegates said ASEAN nations should also promulgate policies to improve social security for female migrant workers.

Participants also exchanged experiences on issues relating to policies for ensuring social security and gender equity. — VNS



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