Today, we are celebrating all the strong women and girls on this planet.
But how is it to live as a woman in Vietnam?
There is a lot of great news: Vietnam has created a legal framework and a gender equality policy. The legal documents were based on the 2006 Gender Equality Act and the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against women. Further, Vietnam is actively implementing international initiatives to protect women’s rights and prevent discrimination.
Amazingly, Vietnam is one of the countries that has been the fastest to narrow the gender gap in the past twenty years. Almost half of the Vietnamese workers are women. However, they still work many unpaid hours. Also, Vietnam is one of the countries in the world that has a high rate of female parliamentarians. Women take on essential functions in the party and in the state apparatus. Many Vietnamese women work in the education and healthcare field. Around 92 percent of women can read and write.
In the future, Vietnam aims to provide more information about gender equality to raise public awareness. Despite those great goals and improvements, Confucianism’s emphasis on the family still has a high impact on the lives of Vietnamese women. That implies the importance of premarital female virginity, denounced abortion, and divorce. Also, women are primarily responsible for household chores, but they have shown an increased influence in familial decisions. Also, men participate in the earlier ages of childcare.
The way to equality
Like, in every country on this planet, Vietnam still has a long way to go to reach gender equality. However, the improvements seen in the last couple of years are giving hope that women and also men will fight for women’s rights until gender equality is reached. Individually, we are all responsible for making this world a better place for all girls and women. If you want to support a young woman on her way to independence, sponsor a girl from our orphanage. Under sponsoring a child, you can find more information about our offers.
We want to use this special day to thank Teresa, the head of the orphanage, for her incredible dedication and love for all the children.
Women like her make our world a better place. Let us celebrate all the fantastic achievements and strong women out there. Only together can we create a gender-equal world for the children at the orphanage in Kon Tum and everyone on this planet.