Vietnam attends at UN’s largest meeting on gender equality
Updated : Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:34 PM (GMT+0700)

Minister of Labour,Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung is attending the 63rd session of theUN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – the UN’s largest gathering ongender equality and women’s rights - which began at UN headquarters in New Yorkon March 11.

Overview of 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women - Source: VNA

Dung is scheduled to deliver a speech on Vietnam’sachievements in ensuring social welfare, and make proposals to promote socialwelfare and empowerment for women and narrow the gender gap on March 12.

The 12-day session is being attended by more than 100 otherministers, several vice presidents and deputy prime ministers andrepresentatives from different non-governmental organisations and UN offices.

Discussions will focus on social protection systems, accessto public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and theempowerment of women and girls.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and UNWomen Executive Director, cited the fact that 740 million women are workingwith little or no social protection and access to public services, and up to131 million girls have no chance to go to school.

In addition, women only enjoy three quarters of the rightsthat men do, and nearly 830 women die daily due to preventable reasons relatedto child-bearing, she stated.

The UN official also pointed to the silver lining in genderequality and women’s rights, including 274 laws and regulations in support ofgender equality approved in 131 countries over the past decade, 80 percent ofwomen in low-income and middle-income countries using mobile phones, and 48percent of women gaining access to the internet on mobile phones.

Only 11 years remain to achieve the globally agreedSustainable Development Goals 2030, including Gender Equality Goal 5. If thecurrent slow pace of change continues, it will take 108 years to close thegender gap, she added.

During this session, UN Secretary General António Guterreswill hold a dialogue with representatives from civil organisations on genderequality and related work carried out by the UN.

A meeting between activists for women’s rights and the press,photo exhibitions and a dialogue for young people on the session’s theme willalso take place.

Source: VNA

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