Women approve of new gender law, but inequality still rampant
"However, gender inequalities remain in education while new challenges arising from the nation’s moves towards a market economy have exacerbated problems relating to prostitution and the trafficking of women," said Khiet.
The comments were made by Khiet at a meeting in Ha Noi on Friday, where participants heard that a recent Vietnamese report on implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) had stood up to scrutiny by the United Nations head office in New York.
Khiet, who is also the head of a Vietnamese delegation in charge of reporting on Viet Nam’s implementation of CEDAW to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, said about 30 countries throughout the world had passed laws on gender equality.
Khiet said challenges remained in implementing the convention.
"We, as women, are not yet content with many things which are impeding the advancement of women," she said.
Gender stereotyping and societal attitudes that place men above women continue. Female children and ethnic minority women have more problems accessing education than their male counterparts. The rate of women in leadership positions remains too low.
Khiet said new challenges arising from the negative impacts of a market economy include growing problems with the trafficking of women for prostitution.
Regarding a common understanding about CEDAW, Khiet said these difficulties were hampering the country’s efforts in bringing the convention into full play, partly in translating it into ethnic minority languages.
At the dialogue with CEDAW committee experts, Khiet said she hoped that international countries would help
Participants at the meeting were informed that
At present, 83 per cent of women have engaged in economic activities, while for men the figure is 85 per cent.
Noting that gender equality was a target of the National Programme on Education towards 2015, Khiet said funds allocated for education had increased from 15 per cent in 2000 to over 19 per cent of the annual State budget in 2006.
The Prime Minister had also decided to allocate VND40 billion to the Women’s
Khiet said that with these successes,