Follow us on: 
facebook
youtube
flick
 

Ensuring gender equality promotion in the (revised) Labour Code – the key to enhanced competitiveness and sustainable development

Print Email

 

LC-6

Hanoi, 19 October 2018 - Today in Hanoi, on the eve of the Vietnamese Women's Day (20 October), a consultation workshop was held on promoting gender equality in the revision of the Labour Code. It was organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), with support from Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Viet Nam.

The government highlighted the benefits of gender equality at work and its efforts to address women and men's equal opportunities and treatment in the Labour Code.

Vietnam's 2012 Code is being amended to pave the way for Vietnam's economy to become more competitive and deliver decent work and growth fit for the Government's vision of the nation in the 21st century.

The event, the biggest consultation on the provisions to ensure and promote gender equality of the Labour Code reform, assembled some 200 women and men representatives from the drafting committee, policy makers and practitioners, including: National Assembly, Government, workers' and employers' representative organisations, diplomatic agencies, international organisations, and the media, etc.

"Creating an enabling environment for women in the workplace is a priority for the Vietnamese Government. Based on empirical studies and experience from other countries, perhaps, it is time to consider an approach shift in developing the Labour Code's provisions, from 'protecting women' to 'promoting gender equality' for both male and female employees. Separate provisions singling out female employees in the Labour Code indeed could change to be: i) provisions on measures to promote gender equality in practice (as temporary special measures); and ii) maternity and paternity protection provisions for both female and male employees" Minister Dao Ngoc Dung said. "We see the Labour Code reform as an opportunity to make progress in this area."

The Labour Code revision is in the context of Vietnam's preparation to enter into the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) which will expand Vietnam's access to EU and CPTPP countries markets.

The Labour Code revision is a specific work for Vietnam to implement international treaty commitments in the field of workplace gender equality, making it a likely leading nation in the region in respecting fundamental rights at work that underlie economic productivity and competitive advancement.

"Gender inequality should no longer be seen as a purely social issue, but as an economic one that presents a key challenge to attaining inclusive and sustainable growth," Australian Ambassador Craig Chittick said at the opening of the consultation.

LC-3 Mr._Craig_Chittick_-_Australian_Ambassador

The efforts led by MOLISA with support from the Australian Government and UN Women focus on shifting the approach and improving regulations on five areas of Vietnam's current Labour Code:

  • Eliminating the retirement age gap between male and female employees through gradual adjustments;
  • Removing the ban on hiring women in certain areas of employment;
  • Improving provisions on preventing and addressing sexual harassment;
  • Ensuring, promoting equality and non-discrimination based on gender in performing reproductive and child-care functions; and
  • Improving social responsibility mechanism between the State and employers in organising day care facilities and kindergartens and in supporting employees with sending their children to day care facilities and kindergartens.

Perfecting gender equality provisions in the Labour Code will also allow Vietnam to better ensure the consistency of its legal system. Vietnam's 2013 Constitution stipulates that: "Male and female citizens have equal rights in all field. Policies to guarantee the right to and opportunities for gender equality shall be adopted by the State". The Gender Equality Law promulgated in 2006 plays an important role in ensuring and promoting gender equality in all fields.

Input from this Consultation Workshop is expected to inform MOLISA's (revised) Labour Code Project which is scheduled to be brought before the National Assembly for comments in May 2019 and for adoption in October 2019.

Media Contact:

  • Phan Thanh Minh, Legal Affairs Department – Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs | Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Phone: 0972197086

Spotlight

myhealth-myright_en.pdf.png

WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


contest_680.jpg

Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.

 

Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


op-ed-juv-justice-390.jpg

Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


rc_ai_new_year_card_300.jpg

New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam

 

On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


WAD2016.jpg

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December

 

Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.



RSS Email Subscription

Enter your email address: