UN missive calls for gender equality
Women needed empowerment throughout the year – not just the cards and flowers of their one day of the year – he told a Viet Nam Women’s Union-sponsored international conference in Ha Noi.
"We must work together both to empower women and to sensitise men, to make a difference in addressing gender inequality", he said.
The conference, to strengthen international co-operation in the promotion of gender equality and development, was attended by representatives from about 50 international organisations and embassies.
All expressed their best wishes to women for their day and pledged further co-operation with the Viet Nam Women’s
VWU deputy chairwoman Dang Ngoc Thinh said most rural women remained ill educated and many migrated to urban
Some were victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse.
New law tackles abuse issue
Implementation of Viet Nam’s new law to prevent and control domestic violence is critical to ensuring women’s rights and well-being are further protected, says United Nations Population Fund representative Ian Howie.
The deputy chairwoman said that
Laws to guarantee the education of women and protection of their dignity;
Encouraging women to lead and then manage, mobilise, build and monitor how the laws for gender equality are applied;
Supporting the development and international economic integration of women; and
Providing support with reproductive healthcare and family affairs.
The deputy chairwoman sought further domestic and international support for the VWU plan.
International Organisation of Migrants,
The organisation worked with the VWU to help victims of human trafficking after they were returned to their homes.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Jonathan Miller said traditional discrimination continued to threaten the development of
UNICEF would continue to support
The Viet Nam Women’s Union celebrated the first anniversary of the founding of its Women and Development centre in Ha Noi.
The centre has become a sanctuary where women and children – victims of domestic violence and human trafficking – can stay while they acquire skills before their reintegration with the community.
The VWU, together with the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also honoured 36 successful businesswomen with a Golden Rose Cup.
The latest World Bank, Asian Development Bank,
The reports identify Viet Nam as having made the greatest progress in the promotion of equality in political representation; the number of women in the workforce and the balance in life expectancy in East Asia during the past 20 years.
The number of female parliamentarians is the highest of the Asia-Pacific region, as is the number of women in the workforce.
About 83 per cent of women aged between 15 to 60 were employed in 2002.
Average life expectancy for women is 73 and for men 69.
The figures help put
The UNDP had