Gender Equality Conference promotes women’s economic empowerment

12:19 | 27/10/2019 Economy- Society

(VEN) - Key aspects of women’s empowerment in Vietnam were discussed at the General Equality Conference 2019 held in Ho Chi Minh City on October 22.

Julianne Cowley, Australian Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City

The conference was organized by the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (AusCham).

The event brought together senior decision-makers from the private sector to discuss key aspects of gender equality in all walks of life.

It enhanced participants’ understanding of the importance of gender equality in leadership as well as the importance of women’s presence in all organisations.

Attendees had a chance to listen to high profile speakers, engage in discussion in Q&A sessions and enhance professional links through networking sessions. Ton Nu Thi Ninh, former Vietnamese Ambassador to the EU, was the keynote speaker.

The main topics discussed at the conference were: Gender Equality and Women in Leadership – current status and where we want to be; Shifting Gender Stereotypes Towards a Modern Vietnam Workforce; and Men as Allies in Women’s Economic Empowerment.

At the conference, leading CEOs of businesses in Vietnam signed the Vietnam Panel Pledge to commit to challenging the absence of female speakers at events.

Australian Consul-General Julianne Cowley said: “The empowerment of women and girls is a priority for the Australian government, and a key focus of Australia’s economic partnership with Vietnam. Gender equality is crucial to reinforce Vietnam’s economic dynamism and ensure its future prosperity. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that equality for women can add $40 billion to GDP in Vietnam annually by 2025.

“Over the next three years, we intend to build momentum to embed gender equality practices in daily life. I hope that by signing the Vietnam Panel Pledge, business leaders will take active steps to involve more women and women’s leadership in their organizations.”

My Phung