|Female workers at the Khai Hoan Shoes Company in HCM City. Various measures and activities have been initiated to promote gender integration in the workplace in Viet Nam with the support and participation of women from other countries in the region. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — Various measures and activities have been initiated to promote gender integration in the workplace in Viet Nam with the support and participation of women from other countries in the region, said Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Dao Hong Lan during the opening of a labour conference in HCM City yesterday.
The conference aimed to act as a forum for participants from ASEAN countries including Brunei, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines to discuss and share experiences in the establishment of policy and legal framework to attain sustainable employment and improve co-operation within ASEAN.
Participants recommended that stronger implementation was required to reinforce and integrate gender equality in countries' labour laws and policies.
In Viet Nam, the process to integrate gender equality principles has been underway for a number of the country's labour laws such as the Viet Nam Labour Code, Law on Employment, Law on Occupational Safety and Health and Law on Social Insurance, said Deputy Minister Lan.
ASEAN Secretariat's Head of Social Welfare, Women, Labour and Migrant Workers Division Mega Irena urged policy makers and experts from ASEAN countries to increase co-operation and experience sharing activities in the implementation of policies on gender equality in the field of labour and employment.
The objective of promoting more women to leadership positions and narrowing the gender gap remained key targets in Viet Nam's national strategy on gender equality for the period 2011 to 2020, said MOLISA deputy minister Nguyen Trong Dam at another conference yesterday in southern Phan Thiet City.
Dam said that increased participation of women in the country's major legislative and people representative bodies such as the National Assembly (NA) and the People Councils would provide the opportunity for Vietnamese women to bring their gender equality issues to the public's attention.
Viet Nam's female percentage had increased from 3 per cent in the 1st NA to 24.4 per cent in the current 13rd NA, the event heard.
Also during the conference, participants said Vietnamese women still had to face numerous challenges in fulfilling their dual responsibility to take care of their families and pursue careers of their own. They also noted that many of the challenges were deeply rooted in Vietnamese culture, social values and prejudices.
In the years to come, the country would continue to aim to increase the number of female members in people representative bodies to 35 per cent. — VNS