Hanoi (VNA) – The winners of a film-making competition to call for joint efforts to eliminate gender discrimination – part of the “How abnormal” campaign launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – were announced in Hanoi on March 4. Speaking at the awards ceremony, UN Coordinator in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta emphasised that through the films, gender stereotypes were reflected clearly, and double standards set for men and women, boys and girls were also brought to light. She called on people to commit to generating new normal conceptions for a more equal and fairer society. She quoted a UNDP report on female leadership in Vietnam as saying that there are few Vietnamese women holding high-level positions in the Government. Women hold only 9 percent of ministerial-level positions or equivalent, and 8 percent of deputy ministerial-level positions or equivalent. The film making competition received over 50 entries … [Read more...] about Bản in : Winners of film-making competition on gender discrimination announced
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Gender imbalance at birth remains a headache for Vietnam and HCM City, as no effective measures to wipe out sex selection can be taken effectively at the moment This may be a distant future, but it is a reality. Well, if you're a male resident in HCM City, an awkward situation may arise: Experts have warned that without effective measures, by 2030, some 30 million male Vietnamese will be unable to get married during their lifetime because there are not enough brides for them. Over the past several years, the sex ratio imbalance has continued to rise across provinces and cities—including this city—in Vietnam. The above warning was relayed late last year by Nguyen Van Tan, deputy general director of the General Department of Population and Family Planning (GDPFP) under the Ministry of Health. In an article in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Tan said the gender imbalance at birth rose drastically from 105 male inborn babies per 100 female inborn babies in 1979 to 112/100 in … [Read more...] about Brides Wanted!
Spain gives grants for projects The Spanish Agency for International Development Co-operation (AECID) has approved three grants worth a combined US$3.6 million to assist Viet Nam to to implement projects to address gender inequality, support victims of human trafficking, and improve enforcement of forest conservation laws. The $2.4 million grant to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, to be disbursed through 2014, will fund technical assistance to review and update the Labour Code of Viet Nam to address gender equality challenges in terms of access to employment and income parity. A $941,600 grant to the Women's Union's Centre for Women's Development will provide technical and financial support over the next two years to ensure the sustainability of the Peace House Shelter, a centre to support women and children who have been victims of human trafficking and their reintegration into the community. The shelter has been a joint initiative of the centre and AECID … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 12/10
Incentives urged to boost support industries The Government should clearly spell out its incentives for investment in support industries and not be vague about them, an investment official told a conference in HCM City last Friday. Nguyen The Hung, acting director of the Southern Investment Promotion Centre, said for instance, the Government's decision last February to boost support industries in some key sectors such as mechanical engineering, IT, electronics, textile and garments, leather footwear, and technology was not specific enough. Speaking at the conference held on the sidelines of the Metalex Viet Nam and Nepcon Viet Nam exhibitions, he said: "The incentives were too general and not attractive enough to investors. "Investors want to know the specific support. For example, the decision said merely the Government would offer import duty breaks for machines but did not say how much." The Government offers assistance to investors with advertisement, investment and trade … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 17/10
Is it irreversible that in Vietnam the wedlock will become significantly loosened at the expense of economic improvement? As October has come in this southern city, the wedding season begins and will last until the Lunar New Year festival by the end of January. During the period, traditionally the best time of the year to start a wedlock, brides and grooms are busy with preparations for their marital life. Will this marriage be endurable? Divorced Vietnamses have become younger. Unlike weddings, divorces in HCM City—and also Vietnam—have no season. Failed marriages spread throughout the year instead. According to statistics obtained from the HCM City People's Court, judges in this city handled 11,000 divorce cases during the first half of this year, 1,000 cases or 15% higher than the same period last year. Phap luat TPHCM (HCM City Legal … [Read more...] about Divorces Are Now In Season In Town