HCM CITY — The HCM City Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality needs to take creative and effective approaches to ensure gender equality in every aspect, a city leader has said.
Võ Văn Hoan, deputy chairman of the People's Committee, said efforts towards the advancement of women and gender equality need to be promoted with the involvement of all genders and agencies at all levels.
A hotline should be set up for victims of domestic violence and gender inequality, Hoan, who is also head of the HCM City Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality, said at a meeting to held to review implementation of the 2011–20 National Strategy on Gender Equality last Friday (Feb 26).
Trần Ngọc Sơn, deputy director of the city Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the city has seven goals for gender equality and the advancement of women in various areas, including economic, employment, education and training, healthcare, political participation, and the fight against human trafficking.
Over the last decade it has issued many policies and allocated funds to implement programmes to fulfil these goals, he said.
It also strived for international co-operation for women's progress and gender equality with a series of programmes, he said.
But integrating gender concerns in the labour market and economic empowerment continue to face challenges due to a lack of concerted efforts by various agencies and inadequate data from social insurance agencies, he admitted.
Lê Thị Ngọc Dung of the city Department of Home Affairs said gender equality needs to be a highlight of the national human resources development strategy.
State agencies and businesses need to comply with regulations on the ratio of women staff and empower women's leadership at the workplace, she said.
Women account for more than 51 per cent of the city's nearly nine million population. —VNS
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