ASEAN ministers seek measures to improve social welfares for women, girls
Updated : Friday, October 26, 2018 3:56 PM (GMT+0700)

Thethird ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women (AMMW-3) concluded in Hanoi on October25 after eight working days, seeking regional and national measures to improvesocial welfare for women and girls.

Overview of the AMMW-3 - Photo: VNA

Meeting the media after theevent’s conclusion, Nguyen Thi Ha, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids andSocial Affairs, head of the Vietnamese delegation at the event, said throughoutthe meeting, participants joined several meetings, policy dialogues andconferences on women and the economy.

They discussed integratedagenda on women’s economic power in the ASEAN, as well as an ASEAN action planon elimination of violence against women, along with challenges related togender equality and ensuring women and girls’ rights in the region, includingclimate change, natural disasters, digital era’s impacts and discriminationagainst women.

At sideline conferences and aclosed meeting on October 25, ministers exchanged ideas on social welfare forwomen and girls towards the ASEAN Vision 2025. They agreed that women and girlsare still disadvantaged groups in accessing and enjoying opportunities and resourcesdue to gender preconceptions. They expressed hope that in the future, ASEANcountries will work more closely in building cooperation programmes.

The ministers also pointed toprogress in ASEAN collaboration in promoting gender equality and the empowermentof women and girls, along with current trends, and challenges facing the groupsin ASEAN and ways to deal with the problems.

The AMMW-3 issued a jointstatement which will be submitted to the ASEAN Summit in November 2018 inSingapore. The statement focuses on training and providing new skills for womenand the formation of life-long learning networks in ASEAN to match changes inemployment amidst the fourth industrial revolution; the ensuring of sustainableemployment for all people and the removing of all obstacles facing women inaccessing resources and jobs; the improvement of social welfare for women andgirls; and the expansion of policy coverage.

At the meeting, VietnameseMinister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung took the chargeof the Chair of the AMMW-3 for the 2018-2021 tenure.

Deputy Minister Ha said thatas the new AMMW-3 Chair, Vietnam has given five initiatives, including thetheme of the meeting – social welfare for women and girls.


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