At the Vietnam Women’s Union online meeting on March 1, of pressing concern was the fact that only a few women today received vocational training as compared to men.
|Two women raking soil to look for oyster. More jobs will be created for women to help them earn higher income ( Photo: U. Phuong)|
Leaders from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, answered many of the concerns raised by participants in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Southern City of Can Tho at the online meeting.
A matter of urgent concern was the fact that the rate of women receiving vocational training is far lower than that of men, accounting to a mere 24.7 per cent, and even lower in the southeast regions at only 9 per cent.
The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said it plans to set up vocational training programmes so as to create more new jobs and help women earn higher incomes.
These new jobs will cover professions such as haircutting and household assistants. The ministry confirmed that more jobs for female labourers will be added to the programme.
In addition, participants at the meeting expressed concern in rise in domestic violence, which is on the increase despite the law against domestic violence.
Representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that Vietnamese family traditions are weak due to outside influences.
At present the ministry is building a strategy to develop happy Vietnamese families, in a campaign during the period 2011-2020 with a vision for 2030.
The ministry applauded the campaign to build happy families by raising standards of living, eliminating poverty, saying no to social evils, not giving birth to the third child, no malnutrition babies, no domestic violence, and clean streets and alleys.