Illustrative photo. (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - A regional workshop is being held in Ho Chi Minh City from November 19-20 on boosting regional cooperation to ensure gender equality in the workplace.

The event, hosted by Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, brings together representatives from relevant international organisations and ASEAN members, including Myanmar, Brunei, the Philippines and Indonesia.

At the workshop, participating experts share their countries’ experience in making gender equality part of labour laws. They examine job opportunities available for women across the region and their average earnings. Thus, measures to promote female role in socio-economic development and to boost collaboration within the bloc on these issues are expected to put forward.

Mega Irena, Head of the ASEAN Secretariat’s Social Welfare, Women, Labour and Migrant Workers Division, said all the bloc’s members have approved the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other treaties initiated by the International Labour Organisation on the issue. She added that more experience sharing is needed to better ensure gender equality in the labour field.

According to Deputy Minister of Labours, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Hong Lan, Vietnam’s Law on Gender Equality regulates that ensuring equality between men and women must be included in all legal documents.-VNA