Raising power, status and quality of life of Vietnamese women

20/10/2015
For 20 years, Vietnam has been trying to raise power, quality of life and status of Vietnamese women.
Impressive figures
For 20 years, Vietnam has been implementing the Beijing Platform, which was adopted at the 4th international conference of women in Beijing in 1995, with the effort of the society and the responsible of the entire political system. Vietnam is recognized by the UN on attaining some of the Millennium Development Goal targets including gender equality and empowering women.
Vietnam now has females who have high-ranking position on the political arena such as two Politburo members, one Party central secretary, two National Assembly vices, one Deputy President.
Females also account for nearly 9% of the senior Party members of the 11th tenure, 11.3% provinces’ Party Committee for 2015-2020 tenure, 24.4% delegates of 12th National Assembly.
There are 50% of the ministerial offices that have female officers are senior leaders and 24/63 (38%) provinces and cities that have female Presidents or Deputy Presidents of the People Committee.
In the economic field, the rate of joining labor force of Vietnamese women is 73.5%, while men’s one is 82.5%. This rate is very high in comparison with a lot of countries. Vietnamese women also account for 25% the owners of the companies. The wage gap between the women and men is reducing at the rate of 106.7% in 2014.
In the medical field, the average life expectancy of Vietnamese women is quite high at 73.2. The reproductive health of mothers is cared much. In 2014, 95.8% of the maternal mothers are checked at least one time and 73.7% of the maternal mothers are checked at least 4 times. The maternal mortality rate is also reducing.
In education and training field, the rate of literacy of women at the ages of 15-35 is 98.9%. The female intellectual force is getting bigger in number, higher in quality and younger in age. In universities, 19% of the Doctors and 38% of the Masters are women. In science and technology field, 38.6% of the Deputy Professors, 30.9% of the Doctors and 54.6% the Masters are women.
These figures has shown the great achievement in gender equality, raising role, status and quality of life of Vietnamese women which Vietnam has been trying for last 20 years.
Difficulties
The Beijing Declaration and Platform is the result of the fights of the women all over the world for decades to attain the gender equality. The important document, which was adopted at the 4th international conference of women in Beijing in 1995 with the attendance of delegates from over 180 countries, was to reflect the issues and concerns of the women at the late 20th century.
Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said that “The Beijing Platform has been widely implemented in Vietnam for 20 years and considered an important factor to make improvement in the gender equality process. However in the implementation of the Beijing Platform there are still difficulties that need to be rightly assessed to change in the future.”
Despite the important achievements, the effort in making the gender equality of the Vietnamese women has been a lot of difficulties. Vietnam has a low starting point of an agricultural country, having outdated ways of thinking such as preferring sons more than girls. In remote areas, women are bound by outdated customs and practices; the proportions of poverty and illiteracy in women are still high; the problems of domestic violence, women and children trafficking, marrying foreign men are very complicated…
To effectively deal with this problem and implement the gender equality, promoting the human rights in the work of building and protecting the nation, our Party and State are conducting policies with the participation of the entire community. In which we are focusing on strengthening and diversifying the forms of propaganda and education to raise awareness of gender and gender equality./.

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Anthony Jones 22/10/15 05:27

The Vietnamese people have increasingly joined in all areas and hold many important positions in the society

Thompson Catherine 22/10/15 05:29

the women have made significant contribution to the building and developing of the country

Elizabeth Green 22/10/15 05:47

the role of women in the family as well as in the society should be recognized and respected.

Jack Walker 22/10/15 05:51

for many years, the State of Vietnam has implemented many proper policies aimed at raising power, quality of life and status of Vietnamese women.

Dennis White 22/10/15 05:55

unlike in many other countries over the world, in Vietnam the situation of discrimination against women is little

erica black 22/10/15 05:59

that's so right, the discrimination agianst the women mainly arises in the rural and mountainous areas where the people have low knowlege and understanding

Evans David 22/10/15 06:03

the UN recognized the efforts of Vietnam when the country has attained some of the Millennium Development Goal targets including gender equality and empowering women.

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