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Minister highlights Vietnam’s commitment to gender equality at UN forum


Vietnam will focus on completing its social welfare legal and policy system, while prioritising the reform of social insurance and life-long learning for women and girls, and creating jobs for elderly and migratory women, thus fulfilling the gender equality targets, stated Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Dao Ngoc Dung.

Addressing the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York on March 13, the Minister highlighted Vietnam’s efforts towards achieving the goal, despite the challenges that Vietnam and many other UN members are facing, such as expanding rich-poor gaps, aging populations and climate change.

Minister Dao Ngoc Dung expressed his support for key issues on the agenda of the session, which he said demonstrate the harmonious combination of the International Human Rights Convention, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women as well as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The Minister said that, after 25 years of implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, giant steps have been made in gender equality as well as women and children’s empowerment.

The CSW has become a leading forum on gender equality and a source of ideas, strategy and directions to improve gender equality for UN members. The integration and empowerment of women has brought significant positive impacts to each country, said Minister Dao Ngoc Dung, citing reports that show success in reducing income and non-income inequality through progressive policies in economics and society.

Inclusive growth and sustainable development is something all member countries are aiming for, he stated.

The Minister affirmed the stance of Vietnam and many other UN members in considering ensuring social welfare as the leading goal in national development.

He underscored four key pillars in the field, including policies to promote sustainable employment and reduce poverty for women and girls, social insurance policies, social support policies and policies ensuring basic social services.

At the session, the Vietnamese official highlighted several of Vietnam’s achievements in reducing gender inequality, noting that 71.2% of Vietnamese women are engaged in the workforce. The Vietnamese Government has committed to putting aside 2.6% of the GDP for social support policies for disadvantageous groups, including women and girls. A survey conducted by Mastercard stated that the ratio of women business owners in Vietnam is 31.3%, ranking sixth among 57 surveyed countries. Vietnam is also among the leading countries in the index of women’s opportunities and economic engagement.

He proposed that the review of 25 years of implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action seek suitable recommendations at national, regional and global levels.

Stressing the need for stronger investment in social welfare, education, poverty reduction, economic empowerment and climate change response, the minister called on UN members to spend an adequate part of their GDP on social welfare services.

He cited research showing that for every 2% of GDP spent on the services, the number of jobs will increase by roughly 2.4-6.1%.

The 63rd session of the CSW is underway in New York until March 22 with the participation of more than 100 vice presidents, deputy prime ministers and ministers from countries around the world, along with representatives from multilateral and non-governmental organisations.