Vietnam and Argentina’s lawmakers discuss to protect women’s rights during the COVID-19 period

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the comprehensive partnership establishment between Vietnam and Argentina, on October 5 evening (Hanoi time), the National Assembly of Vietnam and the National Assembly of Argentina held an online exchange meeting on the topic "Women's Rights: Challenges and solutions against the epidemic".
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Vietnamese and Argentine parliamentarians hold a virtual discussion on women’s rights and challenges to the protection of women’s rights during the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo: quochoi

Vietnamese and Argentine parliamentarians on October 5 held a virtual discussion on women’s rights and challenges to the protection of women’s rights during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In his remarks at the event, Deputy Head of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA)’s Foreign Relations Committee Nguyen Manh Tien said the virtual discussion aims to exchange experience between the two national assemblies on protecting women’s rights during the COVID-19 as women are those most vulnerable during the unprecedented crisis.

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Deputy Head of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA)’s Foreign Relations Committee Nguyen Manh Tien. Photo: quochoi

Vietnam stands ready to deepen cooperation and share experience in COVID-19 response with Argentine’s National Congress and Government, he said. He expected the two legislative bodies to increase delegation exchange and bilateral meetings on the sidelines of multilateral parliamentary forums, and to accelerate experience exchanges in parliamentary affairs as well as global and regional issues of mutual concerns.

Le Thi Nguyet, Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese NA’s Social Affairs Committee, said about 30.8 million workers have been laid off or had working hours cut in Vietnam as of June this year, 17.6 million of them women. The number of unemployed female workers was 2.14 percent higher than that of male labourers.

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Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese NA’s Social Affairs Committee Le Thi Nguyet. Photo: quochoi

Meanwhile, women accounted for a majority of frontline healthcare workers in the fight against the coronavirus, Nguyet noted, adding that women had to work from home and do household chores at the same time, doubling the burdens put on them in the time of COVID-19.

She urged the two parliaments to strengthen partnership and share experience in COVID-19 response and ensuring social welfare for people. Female legislators should ramp up experience exchanges and law making in gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

Strengthen cooperation to address common challenges

Through exchanges, delegates from the two National Assembly have shared their views on the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on socio-economic development in general and on women and girls in particular. Facing this situation, countries have had to apply many compulsory and preventive measures. Participants exchanged and shared experiences in responding to the pandemic as well as measures to limit its negative effects, and isolated measures affecting on the rights of women and girls in each countries, also discussing measures to promote gender equality in the long run. Delegates all agreed on the roles of National Assembly deputies, especially female deputies in efforts to promote gender equality and affirmed the need and commitment to cooperation between the two National Assembly of the two countries in these joint efforts.

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The Argentine Parliamentary deputies at the Argentina bridgehead. Photo: quochoi

President of Argentina Senate's Women Committee Norma Haydee Durango said that in recent years, Vietnam and Argentina have had many activities to promote friendly cooperation. Especially on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Argentina, marking the milestone of the development of bilateral relations, Argentina commits to implementing a program of mutual benefits of both countries.

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