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More publicity on gender issues urged

Update: April, 11/2013 - 10:20

HCM CITY (VNS)— More journalists in Viet Nam should be involved in writing about gender and gender-equality issues, experts said at a workshop held in HCM City yesterday.

Speaking at the two-day seminar, local officials from Viet Nam's Gender Equality Department said the country had a detailed plan to integrate the gender dimension into mass media.

They said more stories about women's issues had appeared in national and local publications in recent years.

This follows the global trend, which shows the number of stories on women rising from 17 per cent in 1995 to 24 per cent in 2010, according to a report from the Global Media Monitoring Project.

In Viet Nam, the figure was about 25 per cent in 2010, said Cao Ho Thu Thuy, gender specialist with the national Research Centre for Gender, Family, and Environment in Development.

Fewer stories about women in the media are partly due to the fact that men hold the vast majority of seats in national legislatures and in management in most areas in the world.

Advertisements and some stories in the media in Viet Nam, still show gender prejudice, according to several speakers.

Nguyen Thuc Hanh, editor-in-chief of Phu Nu Viet Nam (Viet Nam's Women) newspaper, said that journalists lacked knowledge about gender issues.

Many journalists working at her newspaper have told her that gender-issue stories were not "hot topics" and that readers were not that interested in them.

The country's Department of Press and Publications said that women have equal access to media sources, citing the country's 65 broadcast stations and televisions and 700 newspaper companies with more than 1,000 publications.

Of the 17,765 members of the Viet Nam Journalists Association, 30 per cent are women.

The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Norway's Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. —VNS

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