Workshop highlights women empowerment in economic restructuring hinh anh 1At the workshop (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Promoting women empowerment is a focus in making policies and action plans in the evaluation progress of Vietnam’s economic restructuring, said Nguyen Dinh Cung, head of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) at a workshop in Hanoi on January 13.

He emphasised the need to give priority to the gender aspect, saying that this draws the attention from the Vietnamese and Australian Government as well as international organisations and policy makers.

Women’s economic empowerment is an equal access to resources and economic opportunities as well as the elimination of structural gender inequality in the labour market, including a better sharing of unpaid care work, said Raymond Mallon, senior advisor of the Restructuring for a more competitive Vietnam project.

He also noted that women’s occupational choices are limited by discrimination in the labour market, stressing that comprehensive market institutions will allow women to gain an equal access to resources and reduce inequality.

It is necessary to better supervise and understand impacts of economic reform on women, he said.

Mai Thi Dieu Huyen from the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce Industry (VCCI) called for solutions to help women achieve career promotion, adding that supporting them will eradicate poverty, contributing to sustainable development of society.

The workshop was co-organised by the CIEM and the Australian Embassy in Vietnam.-VNA