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Vietnam leads ASEAN in women's employment

Last update: 12/09/2019
HANOI, Sept 12 -- Vietnam is leading the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in terms of the percentage of working women in total employment, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported, quoting a report issued by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The share of Vietnamese women in total employment stayed at about 48.5 per cent in 2016, closely followed by Laos at 46 per cent and Thailand at 45 per cent.

The figures were published in the 'Government at a Glance: Southeast Asia 2019' report that was released on September 10 by ADB and OECD.

The report aimed to provide insight into government processes and performance in member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

It gathered data in various areas such as public services, promoting digital government and providing better work opportunities for women. ASEAN members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Strengthening public institutional capacities is critical to all operations and ADB remains committed to supporting our developing member countries in improving public sector management functions and financial stability, while promoting more effective, timely, corruption-free, and citizen-centric delivery of public services,” said ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono.

The report showed 48.1 per cent of public sector employees in Vietnam in 2016 were women, up from 46 per cent in 2009.

The latest figure was higher than the average rate of ASEAN at 46.9 per cent. Generally speaking, the report highlighted that women and men were almost equally represented in Southeast Asian public sector employment.


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