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Vietnam affirms commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment
Updated at: 08/12/2014

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep led a Vietnamese delegation attending the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 11-20.

 Delivering his speech on Vietnam’s successes and challenges while attempting to further gender equality and women’s empowerment, the deputy minister said that Vietnam currently ranks third in ASEAN and 47th overall among the 187 countries in implementing gender equality commitments. However, it still faces challenges of an ideology of son preference, violence against women and children, and gender imbalance at birth.
Mr. Diep affirmed Vietnam’s determination to promote the implementation of laws and policies on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls to push socio-economic development and better ensure the rights of women and girls.
According to Regional Director of UN Women Asia-Pacific Roberta Clarke, although much progress has been made, no country can claim complete equality between men and women.
Women are facing discrimination just because they are women, Clarke said, adding that it is evident in the inequality in payment and opportunities at the workplace, and in the moderate ratio of female leaders in the public and private sector. Most importantly, gender-based violence continues to be a threat to the safety and development of women and girls.
The conference gathered hundreds of senior officials and activists for women's rights in the region. It offers a chance to discuss achievements and solutions to further promote the implementation of Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, for the advancement of women and girls and gender equality.

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