Gender equality in Vietnam discussed

‘The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the law on gender equality in Vietnam’ was the theme of a seminar held in Hanoi on November 24.

Attending the seminar, jointly held by the National Assembly’s Committee for Social Affairs, the Vietnam Women Parliamentarians’ Group and the UN office in Vietnam, were Vice NA Chairman Tong Thi Phong, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and others.

Talking about Vietnam’s efforts in the application of the CEDAW in the country, Vice President Doan affirmed that since the Law o­n Gender Equality took effect in 2006, gender integration has become a compulsory legal procedure in building legal documents - an important mark of progress in boosting gender equality in Vietnam.

The State will create every condition for women to exercise their right to equality in all aspects of social and family life, she added.

Vietnam’s achievements in human development and the protection of human rights, as well as promoting gender equality, are acknowledged by the international community, Doan said, adding that the position and role of women has been much improved.

She expressed her hope that with assistance from the UN and other international organisations, Vietnam will effectively implement the contents of the convention and the law o­n gender equality, helping successfully fulfil the goal of a ‘Rich people, strong country and just, democratic and civilised society.’

The CEDAW was approved by the UN General Assembly o­n December 18, 1979. To date, 186 countries have ratified the convention, including Vietnam.

Jesper Morch, Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam , said the ratification of the CEDAW reflects international efforts in both protecting and extending women’s rights in the world over the past decades.