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ASEAN Guideline on gender mainstreaming in labour – employment policies towards decent work


 On May 04th, 2020, in Hanoi, Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in cooperation with ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN – Korea Cooperation Fund held the Virtual Conference on “Training workshop of ASEAN Guideline on Gender mainstreaming into laobur and employment policies towards decent work for all”. Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha and Mr. Chang Hee Lee, Director of ILO Vietnam attended and co-chaired the conference at Hanoi bridge point.

At the event, there were the online participation of ASEAN Secretariat, focal point of cooperation on labour and women of ASEAN’s member countries, representatives from ILO, UN WOMEN in Asia- Pacific region and Korea; representatives from the Ministries, sectors, agencies and the international organizations relating to gender.

In the changing world of work, Mr. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General in charge of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community appreciates the Guideline. He said that the Guideline was implemented very timely. However, it is necessary to cooperate of ministries and branches in order to help this Guideline to be truly synchronous, because the integrated labour issues are widely related in many fields, thus leading to the goal of effective gender mainstreaming.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha highly appreciated the technical and financial support from the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, ILO, and UN WOMEN in promoting gender equality, especially, in the labour sector at the national and regional level.
According to Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha, the Guidelines will contribute to improving the capacity and awareness of officials in charge of labour and gender equality and relating parties on gender perspectives in human right and international labour standards. The Guidelines also shows ASEAN's commitment to place gender equality at the centre of labour migration and decent work.
During three working days, the participants will research and detailed discuss about the content of the Guideline with the direct participation of international and national consultants as the base of pilot implementation and effective application of the Guidelines at the national level in the coming time.
ASEAN Guidelines on mainstreaming gender in labour and employment policies towards Decent Work for all is the result of a project which has been coordinated by Vietnam under the ASEAN Labour Ministers Work Plan in the period 2016 - 2020 with the support from the ASEAN-KOREA Cooperation Fund.
Through a number of Regional Working Group Meetings to develop the Guidelines and the support of the ASEAN Secretariat, ILO, UN WOMEN and the regional consultations since 2018, the Guidelines and the Handbook for implementation of the Guidelines have been completed.
This is also one of the documents officially adopted at the 26th ASEAN’s Labour Ministers Meeting and recognized by the 37th ASEAN Summit in November 2020.
The Conference has been aimed at training lawmakers, focal workers in charge of labour and women, trade union officers, and employers' representatives of ASEAN member countries on the application the Guidelines for mainstreaming gender in national labour and employment policy.