A while ago The Guardian compiled World Bank and United Nations data and created an interactive snapshot of countries’ legislation in 5 areas of women’s rights: violence, harassment, abortion, property and employment rights, discrimination and equality. Let’s take a look at Vietnam:
We fare quite well in terms of property law, abortion rights and employment rights. Our constitution explicitly recognises gender equality before the law.
However, our legislation does not address domestic violence, sexual/physical/emotional/financial abuse of women and sexual harassment in education, work and public places.
Does this surprise you?
For me this is alarming given that women constitute 24% of members of our parliament.