Vietnamese, Lao women parliamentarians visit Quang Nam

During the two-day meeting, nearly 100 delegates from ASEAN member countries focus on a draft master plan to build an ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, the establishment of an ASEAN committee for advancement and protection of rights of women and children, and the ASEAN + 3 cooperation in enhancing women’s role. In her opening address, Huynh Thi Nhan, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, stressed that the consensus and commitment at the highest level among ASEAN member countries have helped empower women and incorporate gender goals into national policies and socio-economic development programmes. She said that in Vietnam’s gender equality has been addressed through the establishment of the law on gender equality and the country’s national machinery for the advancement of women under such agencies as the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the National Committee on the Advancement of Vietnamese Women and other local organisations. She went on to say that Vietnam has made significant progress in achieving gender equality in some sections of society: the rate of female deputies to the National Assembly is high compared to other ASEAN member countries, standing at 26 percent during the 2007-2011 term. The unemployment rate of female workers in urban areas is reduced to 5.29 percent, 30.1 percent of university graduates are female, and more than 90 percent of women have access to healthcare services. Vietnam pays attention to women advancement The Vietnamese Party and State always pay attention to gender equality and the advancement of women, affirmed an…... [read more]

Global gathering helps to forge parliamentary ties IPU-132 adopts anti-terrorism bill IPU adopts sovereignty resolution Young lawmakers examine cyber crime, water security NA leader calls for commitment to sustainable growth goals at IPU-132 A ceremony was held yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of IPU's Meeting of Women Parliamentarians as well as 20 years of the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. — Photo VNA HA NOI (VNS) — A ceremony was held yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of IPU's Meeting of Women Parliamentarians as well as 20 years of the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Both events aimed at achieving greater equality and opportunity for women. "If you are a MP, use your power you have to make the world we want, join women everywhere to create a better world for all women and all of us through our actions," said Margaret Mensah Williams, Chairwoman of the IPU Meeting of Women Parliamentarians. She called for action on the protection of the women rights with a goal to bring equality to all women and girls around the world. Addressing the event, which was organised under the auspices of the IPU-132, Deputy Chairwoman of Viet Nam's National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, noted that the establishment of the women parliamentarians' group in 1986 was the culmination of a 1978 initiative. It has since become an official and regular event at IPU assemblies. Ngan said the…... [read more]

(VOVworld) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has stressed the need for coordinated efforts by all functional agencies to heighten awareness of gender equality and improve female labor planning. During talks with female National Assembly deputies on Monday, Dung highlighted the importance of successfully implementing the National Strategy on Gender Equality for the 2011-2020 period to ensure equal opportunities, participation, and satisfaction in political, economic, cultural, and social areas, contributing to Vietnam's rapid and sustainable development. Prime Minister Dung said: "Vietnam has already had resolutions and laws on gender equality but the foremost tool is a change of awareness on the part of the community and Party committees at different levels. Achieving gender equality requires a sincere interest and coordinated measures, with the ratio of female leaders in political agencies being an important factor. Dung expressed his belief that the female legislators together withthe National Committee for the Advancement of Women in Viet Nam will promote the fine tradition of Vietnamese women to overcome challenges, fulfill their tasks as peoples' representatives, and make greater contributions to the National Assembly's performance and the gender equality process. According to President of the Vietnamese Women Parliamentarians Group Truong Thi Mai, the proportion of female National Assembly deputies is 24%. They have steadily increased their role and prestige, helping to boost gender equality and respect for women and children.... [read more]

(CPV) - A high-level seminar on October 17th 2013 focussed on how to increase women's representation in elected positions to 35 percent in 2016. The discussion brought together representatives from the Party; Government; Standing Committee of the Women Parliamentarians Group; People's Committees of several provinces; as well as Ambassadors and representatives from International Organizations. The seminar, held following the celebration of the 20th founding anniversary of the National Committee for the Advancement of Women (NCFAW), was chaired by Ms Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, Chairperson of NCFAW and Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, with support from the UN Development Prgramme and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Viet Nam has only 24 percent women in the current National Assembly (2011-2016), a decline of nearly 3 percent since 2002. Meanwhile, women account for approximately 25 percent in the elected bodies at the provincial and district levels and only 21 percent at the commune level. Ms Chuyen put forward questions for discussion at the seminar: "While there are strong laws and strategies in place for women's representation, what are the reasons for the unstable and low representation rate; for the lower rate in the delta compared to that of the mountainous areas; and for the higher rate in provincial and district levels compared to that of the central and commune levels?" "The shortage of female leaders and managers in a number of important areas has led to under representation of women in policy making process, thus making it difficult to achieve gender…... [read more]

VGP - As part of the 2nd working day agenda, participants to the 6th ASEAN People's Forum (APF-6) discussed ways to heighten ASEAN ethnic minorities' awareness for equal development, and analyzed opportunities and challenges to promote women's role. ASEAN governments encouraged culture preservation and economic development of the ethnic minorities through specific projects on infrastructure development, education, healthcare, land allocation, and others. To improve the regional ethnic minorities' awareness for equal development, delegates to the ongoing APF-6 stressed the importance of paying respect to their basic rights, protecting them from threats, and engaging them in law-making process. Expanded efforts and dialogue on refugees' affairs Due to its unique geographic and historic features, refugee's affair is still a headache in the region. This requires stronger efforts and close coordination among the ASEAN governments, and the involvement of the regional mass organizations as well. APF-6 workshop on refugees, organized yesterday, focused discussions on the bloc's policies and coordination, and raised initiatives to ease the headache.Promoting ASEAN women's role After the ASEAN Charter came into operation, ASEAN activists on women's rights established the Women Parliamentarian Group to join the region's processes and mechanisms on human rights in order to realize women's rights. ASEAN member countries ratified or became members of international conventions on women's rights. They also set up the ASEAN Commission on the rights of women and children (ACWC). The APF-6 identified five key priorities for ASEAN women, including women's violence and women's right to engage in political activities, which need comprehensive…... [read more]

“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. Vice NA Chairman Tong Thi Phong and Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan were among others 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. 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 for building legal documents-an important step towards 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 developing human resources and protecting human rights, as well as promoting gender equality, are acknowledged by the international community, Mrs Doan said, adding that the position and role of women has 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 fulfill 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, including Vietnam have ratified the convention. Jesper…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – In the southeast region, a curious phenomenon of foreign direct investment firms ‘recommending’ long-time employees to resign has cropped up. In return, these employees receive a hefty one-time payment. Workers assemble small-sized electric motors at the Japan-owned Mabuchi Motor Viet Nam at the Bien Hoa II Industrial Park in Dong Nai Province. — Photo: VNA/VNS  The companies don’t force the workers to resign but merely recommend it, and the workers consent, making the practice perfectly legal. However, workers might not be aware that by doing so, they relinquish many of their rights, and some are urging authorities to get involved. Nguyen Thi Sen, 51, from Bien Hoa City of Dong Nai Province, worked at Pouchen Viet Nam – a manufacturing factory of the Taiwan-based sportswear company – for nearly 18 years. At the end of last year, the company announced that workers with tenure of 15 years or longer may receive a lump sum equal to 12 months of salary if they quit. Sen is still four years from retirement age, and under the company’s policy, she would receive one-month salary as a bonus every year. However, thinking the one-time payment was a generous amount, Sen agreed to end her contract and social security, and received VND 140 million (US$6,160). “Now I regret my decision. Previously, my monthly salary plus bonus was VND 10 million ($440), so my annual income would total VND 150 million ($6,600), including the New Year bonus,” Sen told Vietnam News Agency. “The…... [read more]

ASEAN Energy JSC plans to build a 200ha-solar power plant, expected to cost US$1 billion, in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang. — Photo The ASEAN Energy Joint Stock Co has said it plans to construct a 200ha-solar power plant, expected to cost US$1 billion, in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang, Vietnam News Agency reports. The company is now surveying possible locations for the project in the three communes of Hoa An, Vinh Tuong and Vinh Vien, its director Ta Xuan Thang told provincial leaders during a working session held on Thursday. Thang said his company will start the plant’s construction immediately after receiving approval from the provincial authorities so that the plant can be put into operation in 2019. Vice chairman of Hau Giang People’s Committee Truong Canh Tuyen vowed to facilitate the construction development of the solar power plant, saying that optimal incentives in terms of land rental, cooperate income tax and vocational training will be also included. Till date, four investors have proposed to build solar power plants in the province with total investment capital of up to dozens of trillions of dong. However, none of the projects has been launched yet. — VNS ... [read more]

Local film to be introduced to Japanese audience in mid-AugustHoang Phong Overseas Vietnamese director Victor Vu talks to invited guests at a press conference on the upcoming screening of the movie “Toi thay hoa vang tren co xanh” in Japan - PHOTO: TTXVN The movie “Toi thay hoa vang tren co xanh” (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass) by Vietnamese American director Victor Vu will be screened in Japan on August 19 to introduce Vietnam’s culture and people to the Japanese audience, the Vietnam News Agency reports. The film adapted from a novel of the same name by Vietnamese writer Nguyen Nhat Anh, a well-known author whose books are popular among young Vietnamese readers, depicts the childhood of poor kids in a small coastal village in the sunny and windy central region in the mid-1980s.  The award-winning movie, filmed in the central coast province of Phu Yen, tells a story about two young brothers – Thieu and Tuong who always share happy and sad stories in daily lives but unwittingly compete to win the heart of the same little girl. With the touching theme on the innocence of kids in the poor central village and stunning and peaceful country landscapes shot in the land of Phu Yen, the movie has quickly captured the attention of local and international audiences at the premiere in October 2015 and won many prestigious awards at home and abroad. The movie bagged the Golden Lotus award at the 19th Vietnam Film Festival and won the…... [read more]

ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh highlighted the bloc’s milestones during its 50 years of existence in an interview with Vietnam News Agency. Minh told reporters that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established in 1967 with only five members, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. The purpose at that time was to deal with security-related risks amid the Cold War and the anti-US war in Indochina. The bloc then admitted Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999. These moves completed its initial target of connecting all Southeast Asian countries which are diverse in political institution, economic structure, cultural identity, language and religion. In 2003, the bloc issued the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II identifying the objective of establishing an ASEAN Community with three pillars of politics-security, economics and culture-society, Minh said, adding that the ASEAN Charter in 2007 created a legal foundation and institution framework for strengthening regional connectivity and for establishing the ASEAN Community in 2015. The most important milestone in ASEAN’s history was the establishment of the ASEAN Community in December 2015 and the launch of the ASEAN Vision 2025 towards a self-reliant, legal-binding and people –centered community on January 1, 2016, he added. [ASEAN – a rare sub-region organisation of solidarity: Deputy PM] Mechanisms including the ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit and Asia Plus Three are…... [read more]

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