Viet Nam will devote all necessary resources to close gender gaps, extend employment and other services for women in remote areas (updated)

Viet Nam pledges to devote all resources needed to bridge the gender gap in all domains. It will intensify awareness-raising campaigns on gender equality, and work to ensure that all radio and television stations broadcast gender equality programmes.

It plans to further improve women’s access, especially in underserved or remote areas, to healthcare, education and employment services, committing to targets, by 2020, of 50 per cent of rural women having access to various forms of vocational training, and 95 per cent of women aged 15-40 in remote areas being literate.

It will spare no efforts to gradually eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls, and has set a target for at least 50 per cent of all reported survivors of domestic violence to be provided with health care and counselling services.

Speaking at the Global Leaders' Meeting on 27 September 2015, President Trương Tấn Sang said: “Gender equality is not merely a goal but rather the common thread of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” [ Speech ]

Developments since Viet Nam’s commitment

The Vietnamese Government has taken measures to improve access of women to employment services, such as dissemination of labour market information for female labourers in a timely manner. This has helped create jobs for female labourers.

The National Employment Fund continues playing an important role in assisting women to access a range of loans. In 2016, the Fund contributed to job creation for 105,000 labourers, of which women accounted for about 60 per cent.

Services to assist labourers to access unemployment insurance have been implemented effectively. In 2016, 592,440 people applied for unemployment insurance, with 57.2 per cent of the cases processed being women.

In 2016, a National Master Plan on Prevention and Response to Gender-based Violence for the period 2016–2020 and 2030 Vision were approved. Under the National Plan, a series of initiatives have been developed, particularly hotlines, shelters, safe and friendly cities for women and girls, and safe, friendly and non-violent schools, among others. [ Full update ]