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Women's careers face major barriers

Update: November, 16/2013 - 09:39

HA NOI (VNS)— Women face major disadvantages in both the domestic and international labour market, especially in the context of international economic integration.

In Viet Nam, more than 80 per cent of female employees above 15 years old lack technical skills. Moreover, up to 31.6 per cent of women work in fields for which they are not trained.

The assessments were announced by Luu Song Ha from the Viet Nam Women's Academy at the first Viet Nam – South Korea Women's Forum yesterday in Ha Noi.

Another problem is that few women know English or can use computers, two necessary skills in many industries. Only 32.7 per cent speak English and barely 3.1 per cent are fluent, according to Ha; less than 30 per cent have computer skills.

Moo Suk Min from the Korean Women's Development Institute explained what Korea had done to cope with the problem, chiefly establishing the Advanced Institute for Supporting Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET) as well as career development centers at universities.

In the meeting, the delegates also discussed the agenda for the second forum in South Korea, which will focus on promoting equality and development for the women of both nations.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday to promote co-operation in the fields of research, publication, scholarship and information exchange, as well as development projects and forum organisation.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa, chair of the Viet Nam Women's Union, which organised the forum together with the Korean Women's Development Institute, said that the relationship between the two organisations had progressed significantly since Viet Nam and South Korea established their diplomatic relationship.

Keum Sook Choe, director of the Korean Women's Development Institute, expressed her hope that the forum would open a new chapter in co-operation between Viet Nam and South Korea. — VNS


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