Vietnam attaches importance to promoting gender equality: NA leader
Updated : Friday, October 26, 2018 10:05 AM (GMT+0700)

TheNational Assembly of Vietnam always pays special attention to issues related togender equality and women’s development and is willing to cooperate with otherASEAN member nations in this field, said NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. 

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan receives  heads of delegations attending the third
ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women - Source: VNA

The Vietnamese top legislatormade the affirmation during a meeting on October 25 with heads of delegationsattending the third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women (AMMW-3) in Hanoi. 

She expressed her belief inthe meeting’s success, saying that it would contribute to building ASEAN membernations’ policies  on promoting  and ensuring social welfare forwomen and girls, towards implementing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and itssustainable development goals to 2030. 

While briefing the NA leaderon the meeting’s agenda, Vietnamese Minister of Labour, War Invalid and SocialAffairs Dao Ngoc Dung said the theme of the third AMMW focuses on socialwelfare for women and girls. 

The ministers are scheduled toadopt a joint statement to affirm commitments and orientations in promotinggender equality, women’s empowerment  and ensuring social welfare, thusrealizing the common goals of the ASEAN Community by 2025 and implementing theUN Agenda 2030. 

Ngan spoke highly the contentsdiscussed at the meeting, noting that the Association of Southeast AsianNations (ASEAN) members have made great strides in enhancing the role ofwomen. 

She stressed that in theframework of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), the VietnameseNA has actively been boosting cooperation with parliaments of other AIPA membernations, adding that Vietnam issued laws to promote gender equality, preventdomestic violence and discrimination against women, and enhance gendermainstreaming in national programmes, and supervise the implementation ofregulations on gender equality in laws and policies. 

Ngan highlighted Vietnam’sefforts in promoting gender equality and empowerment for women,saying that the gender equality-related issues was noted in the country’s firstConstitution in 1946 and this view is consistent throughout all theconstitutions of Vietnam and  concretized in several action programmes.

The proportion of femaledeputies to the 14th NA for the 2016-2021 term is 27.2 percent, 19percent higher than the average rate in Asia and 21 percent of the globalaverage rate. The NA of Vietnam aims to achieve at least 30 percent of femaleNA deputies in the coming term.

Vietnam ranks 69 out of 144countries in terms of narrowing the gap between men and women in all sectors,being one of the 10 best performers in the world in promoting gender equalityand empowerment for women and girls, improving the knowledge of girls andincreasing the participation of women in the workforce.

Chairperson of the PhilippineCommission on Women Remedios I. Rikken expressed her impression forachievements Vietnam has made in the field of gender equality, women'sparticipation in political activities. She also shared some importantachievements of the Philippines in the field.

Ngan congratulated thePhilippines on the achievements made in three years as it held the chairmanshipof AMMW, saying that obstacles and shortcomings in Vietnam and other ASEANnations make it difficult for women to access resources, participate in thelabour market and enjoy social security services.

She expressed her wish thatministers in charge of women issues in ASEAN countries will continue work hardto promote gender equality and empowerment of women; ensuring equalopportunities in terms of education, employment and access to social securitytowards the common goals of the ASEAN Community 2025 and the UN Agenda 2030.


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