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Vietnam ranks first in the region for gender equity
Posted: Jul 26,2010

VietNamNet Bridge - United Nations Resident coordinator in Vietnam, John Hendra declared Vietnam a leader in gender equity at a meeting in Hanoi on March 9 to announce a 2010 human development report (HDR).


He said that Vietnam leads the Asia-Pacific region on promoting gender equality, however, a lot of work will need to be done to achieve the real gender equality.

According to the report, more than 50 percent of Vietnamese women do housework so they do not have direct income. The remaining mainly work in the private sector and their incomes are around 87 percent of that of men.

Meanwhile the average number of women with an income is 53 percent in the world and 70 percent in East Asian countries. Wage difference between women and men in the Asia-Pacific region is 54-90 percent.

The report affirmed that Vietnam has the highest number of women who have a seat in the National Assembly (NA) among ASEAN countries. one in every four NA deputies is female while the number of women in legislative bodies in Japan and the Republic of Korea is just 10 percent.

In addition, fewer Vietnamese women suffer from domestic and filial abuse than others in regional countries. Slightly more than one in five women are treated badly by their husbands in Vietnam while the figure in Papua New Guinea is one in three.

Mr Hendra said at the meeting that to create more equality for women, measures should be undertaken, such as generating more jobs with income for women, ensuring safe migration and pouring more investment into health care and education. 


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"... From the beginning of the first century A.D., when the two Trung Sisters rose up to fight the enemy and save the nation, until now, whenever our country has faced danger, our women have contributed whatever they could toward the cause of national liberation.

Our people are grateful that our mothers from South and North alike have borne and raised our nation's generation of heroes....

Under the Socialist system, tens of thousands of women have become specialists in different fields and, as cadre, serve as directors and vice-directors of factories, leaders of farming cooperatives, presidents of People’s Committees, and general secretaries of Party Cells....

And so, the women of Vietnam from ancient times until now, from South to North, from young to old, are truly heroes ..."

(Excerpted from President Ho Chi Minh's speech on the 36th Anniversary of Vietnam Women's Union 20 October 1966)

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