Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tong Thi Phong (centre) chairs the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians of AIPA on September 8 (Photo: VNA)
The draft Resolution is expected to be submitted for approval at the AIPA-41 on September 10.
Addressing the meeting, Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Tong Thi Phong mentioned the severe impacts of the COVID - 19 pandemic on female workers. “Closing the gender gap in employment should be a top priority if we want to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls by 2030,” she said.
Delivering a speech at the meeting, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs Nguyen Thuy Anh, who presided over the meeting, recalled actions by Vietnamese parliamentarians in response to COVID-19, including their participation in reviewing and approving bailout packages for those affected by the pandemic, encouraging voters and people to adhere to recommendations against the pandemic, while conveying voters’ needs and demands during the pandemic to authorised agencies for settlement.
Other activities included monitoring the implementation of policies against the pandemic and post-pandemic supporting policies; integrating relevant matters; supervising the works of the National Assembly; as well as adjusting working plans and programmes to cooperate with the Government and issue necessary decisions in fighting the pandemic.
She also made recommendations regarding securing jobs and income for women workers. First, she mentioned the enhancement of parliamentary activities, monitoring of the state budget, representing women and assisting in building the capacity of women in response to the pandemic, as well as promoting women’s leadership in emergency situations.
Second, she proposed the enhancement of parliamentary cooperation for a responsive and cohesive ASEAN Community while devising support measures for women workers and disadvantaged people amid the pandemic.
Thuy Anh also suggested more exchanges be made to share experiences on establishing and improving working policies for women and more learning and working opportunities be opened for women.
Participants at the event discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on female labourers and measures adopted by their parliaments in addressing the challenges facing women during the outbreak as well as policies and actions to promote gender equality in their countries.