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Campaign “For Women’s Smiles” kicked off in Vietnam

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March 08, 2021 | 00:19

The campaign aims to honour unyielding efforts of Vietnamese women to overcome difficulties and challenges, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, to contribute to the nation's development and prosperity.

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Campaign “For Women’s Smiles” kicked off in Vietnam
Delegates launch the campaign "For Women’s Smiles".

According to VNA, the Vietnam Women’s Union, the Institute for Development & Community Health (LIGHT), and the UN Women in Vietnam jointly organised an virtual programme to celebrate the International Women’s Day (March 8) and launch the campaign “For Women’s Smiles” in Hanoi, central Thua Thien-Hue province, and Ho Chi Minh City on March 6.

The campaign “For Women’s Smiles” aims to honour unyielding efforts of Vietnamese women to overcome difficulties and challenges, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, to contribute to the nation's development and prosperity.

With the companionship of scientists, artists and social activists, it hopes to encourage the aspirations to rise up, the will to overcome difficulties, the desire to learn and the creativity of women.

The campaign also creates a space for women to expand the use of information technology, exchange information towards women's happiness and promote gender equality.

Campaign “For Women’s Smiles” kicked off in Vietnam
Delegates launch the campaign "For Women’s Smiles".

Vietnam expects to see women holding key leadership positions in 60 percent of state management agencies and local administrations at all levels by 2025 and 75 percent by 2030.

The target was set forth in the National Strategy on Gender Equality for the 2021- 2030 period recently adopted by the government.

Accordingly, the number of paid women employees in Vietnam will increase to 50 percent by 2025 and around 60 percent by 2030, while the percentage of women working in the agriculture sector among all employed women will decline to below 30 percent by 2025 and less than 25 percent by 2030.

The rate of female directors or owners of businesses is expected to reach at least 27 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030.

The country also aims to reduce the average time women spend on doing the unpaid housework to 1.7 times by 2025 and 1.4 times by 2030 as compared to that of men.

By 2025, 80 percent of women suffering from domestic and gender-based violence will be given access to at least one of basic support services, and the figure is expected to reach 90 percent by 2030.

The sex ratio at birth will be 111 boys per 100 girls by 2025 and 109 boys per 100 girls by 2030. The maternal mortality rate will drop to 42 per 100,000 live births by 2025 and below 42 per 100,000 live births by 2030.

Gender and gender equality are planned to be integrated into curriculum at schools and pedagogical universities from 2025.

The country will hold a month-long campaign for the promotion of gender equality and gender-based violence prevention and response from November 15 to December 15 every year.

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