Union highlights improvement of Vietnamese women's position
(VNA): Vietnamese women's material and spiritual lives, as well as their roles and positions have been improved markedly, the Vietnam Women's Union said at its conference in Hanoi on April 8.
The conference, which was held in collaboration with the National Committee for the Advancement of Women and the Swedish International Development Agency, was to announce the results of a 10-year action programme in Vietnam initiated by the fourth International Conference on Women in Beijing.
The Union told the participants that Vietnam now ranks first among Asian countries, with women making up 27.31% of total National Assembly deputies and over 20% of People's Council members. In addition, 90.9% of Vietnamese women are literate and the number of poor households headed by women dropped from 37% in 1998 to 8% in 2004.
Particularly, the Union said, over the past 10 years, a system of departments on women's progress has been set up at 45 ministries and agencies and in all cities and provinces. The legal system has ensured that gender equality has improved. Women's rights to family properties have been increased as their names are now written in parallel with those of their husbands on certificates of land use and housing ownership.
However, the union stressed that a number of difficulties facing women still exist, including women and child trafficking, the HIV/AIDS epidemics, heavy workloads, family violence, and male chauvinism.
In the future, the Union said, it will co-operate with the National Committee for the Advancement of Women in mapping out and perfecting the Law on Gender Equality. It will continue moving towards the goals set by the conference in Beijing and put the focus on the reduction of poverty, improvement of knowledge and provision of health care and treatment for women, and prevention of woman and child trafficking./.
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