A seminar on Vietnam’s international commitments to gender equality was held in Can Tho City on March 5 by the National Assembly (NA) Committee for Social Affairs, in collaboration with a group of female NA deputies.
The event provided a forum for NA deputies and experts to discuss issues of gender equality as well as the process of building and supervising the implementation of the legal policies related to this issue under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
The seminar is part of a cooperation programme between the National Assembly (NA) Committee for Social Affairs and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
The project aims to accelerate the progress of the UN Millennium goal to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and ensure real gender equality by 2020 in terms of available opportunities; political, economic and cultural participation; and social affairs, thus contributing to the country’s sustainable development.
Vietnam has set some specific targets including having the number of women involved in Party organizations in the 2016-2020 term reach 25 percent or more, and women representing 25 percent of trained rural workers under 45 years old by 2015 and 50 percent by 2020.
Thirty years of implementing the CEDAW were reviewed at the seminar along with 12 years of implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Over the past few years, the NA has revised and supplemented many codes and ordinances related to gender issues to ensure equal rights and offer equal opportunities for women to become involved in all areas of life. It has also adopted new laws and amendments on eliminating all forms of discrimination against women.
In 2006, the 11th NA approved the Law on Gender Equality, legalizing the principles and regulations of the CEDAW in line with Vietnam’s legal system and its international commitments on gender equality.
Director of the National Assembly (NA) Committee for Social Affairs Truong Thi Mai said that the Law on Gender Equality has created significant changes in eliminating discrimination against women and create opportunities for both men and women to move towards true gender equality.
Vietnam now belongs to the group of developing countries that has been internationally praised in the Gender-related Development Index (GDI) compared to other Southeast Asian and Asian Pacific nations at the same development level, Ms Mai said.