VWU President received female delegates from the Committee on Gender Equality and Family, National Assembly of the Republic of Korea

On May 20, 2013, VWU President Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa received female delegates from the Committee on Gender Equality and Family, National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged information o­n women’s participation in decision-making in respective countries.

President Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa briefed the guests o­n the Vietnamese women’s representation in politics and management. Women leaders include a State Vice-President, 2 female Vice Presidents of the National Assembly and 24.4% of the National Assembly deputies. Half of the ministries and functioning bodies have women leaders, of which two ministers and a number of deputy ministers. Women make up 48% of the workforce and women-headed enterprises account for 25% of the total. Literacy rate among women is quite high, and there are more female than male students in universities… Despite the support by the Party and the Government, Vietnamese women have not yet played their full roles, especially in the state management. The number of female officials, managers and leaders is still low, the higher education level the less number of women than men. It is due to women’s limited capability and awareness o­n state management, their heavy family responsibilities, earlier retirement age for women compared to male counterparts (except for women in ministerial and higher positions and women with high level qualification), etc.

VWU has been carrying out practical activities to support and encourage women to study actively, strengthen capability, involve dynamically in social work, and enhance their role in management and decision making process. The Women’s Union has given out prizes to recognize women’s contribution to science and social life such as Vietnamese Woman Prize, Kovalevskaia Prize and Vietnam’s Women Innovation Day, etc.

The Korean delegation also shared information o­n women’s participation in politics in Korea. While the educational level and awareness towards political affairs of Korean women are quite high, the percentage of female deputies to the National Assembly reached o­nly 15.7%. The retirement age in Korea is equal for men and women, at 60 o­n the average. The Korean Commission o­n Women under the Prime Minister Office was upgraded to Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, improving state management of women’s issues.

VW President Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa highly appreciated the achievements of Korean women, and expressed the interest in learning the Korean experience in setting up the Ministry o­n Women’s Affairs.

Also at the meeting, two sides discussed about the activities and cooperation between two Governments, and Vietnamese and Korean women’s organizations to assist the Vietnamese brides living in Korea to have a happy and secured life.

Translated by the IRD, VWU