More female migrants to get stable jobs

Update: August, 18/2017 - 20:00
Female migrant workers at the press conference share their thoughts after joining a training course that is part of the project. – Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Some 2,000 young women and female migrants in Hà Nội will be provided with information and consultation on housing, employment and study opportunities.

They will also be trained and supported to connect with businesses to get stable jobs or be self-employed.

This information was stated at a press conference held on Thursday to introduce a project organised by Plan International Việt Nam to create sustainable and safe employment opportunities for Hà Nội’s migrant women.

The project aims to enhance the adaptability and economic stability of young women and female migrants aged between 18-30, living in Hà Nội’s Đông Anh District.

They will be trained in professional, soft and work-ready skills, encouraged to show willingness to work and provided with stable job opportunities.

In addition, counseling centres will be established in Đông Anh District to provide information and advice to young women and female migrants to reduce the risk of gender violence and improve access to safe housing, reproductive healthcare and sexual health services.

The project also promotes the establishment of a network of enterprises that commit to sustainable employment and gender equality.

The four-year project has been implemented in Đông Anh District since June 2016.

According to Lưu Quang Đại, director of the Plan International Việt Nam programme, more than 80 per cent of participants in a survey conducted by the project in November 2016 among female migrant workers and women living in Kim Chung Commune, said the current work conditions are unstable.

According to the survey, 53 per cent disliked their current jobs and wished to move to another sustainable one.

Another survey by the Institute of Workers and Trade Unions under the Việt Nam General Confederation of Labour showed that workers aged over 30, especially women, were forced to leave their jobs for various reasons.

Some 43.1 per cent of workers do freelance work after being fired, 17.2 per cent do business, 15.3 per cent do housework, 13.3 per cent work in the field and over 11 per cent work as street vendors.

Lê Quỳnh Lan, project manager of Plan International in Hà Nội, said the project called for the participation and support of all residents and house owners in Đông Anh District, as well as employers, to build a safe and equal working environment for female migrant workers to help them have stable jobs and feel safe in the city. – VNS