Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tong Thi Phong (centre) chairs the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians of AIPA on September 8 (Photo: VNA)
- A draft
Resolution on “The Role Of Women Parliamentarians In Securing Jobs and Income
for Women Workers” was adopted on September 8 in the virtual Meeting of Women
Parliamentarians of AIPA (WAIPA) within the framework of the 41st General Assembly of ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-41).
The draft Resolution is expected to be submitted for approval at the
AIPA-41 on September 10.
Addressing the meeting, Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam
Tong Thi Phong mentioned severe impacts by the COVID-19 pandemic on female
workers. “Closing the gender gap in employment should be a top priority if we
want to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls by 2030,”
Delivering a speech
at the meeting, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Committee for Social
Affairs Nguyen Thuy Anh, who presided over the meeting, recalled actions by Vietnamese
parliamentarians in response to COVID-19, including their participation in
reviewing and approving bailout package for those affected by the pandemic,
encouraging voters and people to adhere to recommendations against the
pandemic, while conveying voters’ needs and demands during the pandemic to authorised
agencies for settlement.
Other activities included monitoring the implementation of policies against the
pandemic and post-pandemic supporting policies; integrating relevant matters; supervising
works of the National Assembly; as well as adjusting working plans and
programmes to cooperate with the Government to issue necessary decisions in
fighting the pandemic.
She also made recommendations to securing jobs
and income for women workers. First, she mentioned enhancement parliamentary
activities, monitoring of state budget, representing women and assisting in
building capacity of women in response to the pandemic, as well as promoting
women’s leadership in emergency situations.
Second, she proposed the enhancement of parliamentary cooperation for a
responsive and cohesive ASEAN Community while devising supporting measures for
women workers and disadvantaged people amid the pandemic.
Thuy Anh also suggested more exchanges made to share experiences on
establishing and improving working policies for women and more learning and
working opportunities open for women.
Participants at the event discussed impacts by COVID-19 on female labourers and
measures adopted by their parliaments in addressing challenges facing women
during the outbreak as well as policies and actions to promote gender equality
in their countries./.