In a meeting with the Informal Ambassadors and Heads of Agencies Gender Policy Coordination Group in Hanoi on June 12, Mai laid stress on Vietnam’s efforts to realise gender equality targets. Despite limitations, the implemented policies have made significant contributions to raising public awareness on creating equal chances for female workers.
The amended Labour Code will be submitted to the National Assembly in May, 2019, she noticed, adding that it will ensure rights of the labourers, gender equality, social welfare and the unanimity of the legal system, which are in line with international treaties which Vietnam has involved in.
Kamal Malhotra, Co-Chair of the Informal Ambassadors and Heads of Agencies Gender Policy Coordination Group and the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Vietnam, said that he wants to study Vietnam’s stance and the promotion of gender equality in the amended labour code, especially empowerment for women, gender equality and female workers, harmony of the retirement age between men and women, and regulations on sexual harassment and gender-based violence at working place.
He believed that removal of gender prejudice will help unlock women’s potential, thus improving labour quality and reducing labour shortage.
The group also hoped that the amended labour code will maintain regulations on maternal leave and breastfeeding period, Kamal Malhotra added.