Policy dialogue on gender in law making and implementation: protecting women’s rights

22 Sep 2011

Ha Noi – Viet Nam’s Ministry of Justice and the UN in Viet Nam in partnership today held the fourth Legal Policy Dialogue. The dialogue session focused on mainstreaming gender in law making and implementation, and the justice response to gender inequality and the protection of women’s rights.

It builds on the success of the three previous dialogues held, conducted within the framework of a UNDP-funded project to support the Ministry of Justice and related justice agencies in strengthening access to justice and rights protection for the poor and vulnerable in Viet Nam.

The policy dialogue attracted more than 200 participants from different Vietnamese central and local agencies and organizations, as well as many participants from UN agencies, the donor community and international development organisations in Viet Nam.

Speaking at the dialogue session, Mrs Nguyen Thuy Hien, Deputy Minister of Justice, said: "With the legal framework gradually complete, Viet Nam has obtained a significant number of achievements in promoting gender equality and protecting women's rights. However, many shortcomings and gaps still exist. In order to fill the gaps and correct the shortcomings and obtain equality between men and women in all aspects of life, gender mainstreaming in law development and implementation is considered a very effective strategy."

UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Mr Eamonn Murphy underlined the need to make more room at the top for women in the justice sector; to do more to help victims of domestic violence and to move from equal rights to equal protection of rights of women.

“I very much look forward to the outcomes of today’s policy dialogue – to hearing from the presenters and to discussing how we can ensure that women are represented at the top of the justice sector, how we can address domestic violence and help those who suffer from it, and how we can support women to claim their rights, for instance around joint land titles,” Eamonn Murphy noted.

In Viet Nam, gender equality between men and women is a constitutional principle, provided in all four Constitutions from 1946, 1959, 1980 and 1992 and in many other laws and regulations, especially the 2006 Law on Gender Equality.

Key discussion topics at the policy dialogue include:

Gender mainstreaming in law making and implementation: The law on gender equality and progress made so far  by Nguyen Thuy Anh, Deputy Chairwoman, the Committee on Social Affairs, National Assembly
Making justice systems work for women: Comparative experiences and recommendations for Viet Nam by Amarsanaa Darisuren, Human Rights Specialist, UN Women Regional Office for East and Southeast Asia
Implementation of MOJ’s mandate on gender mainstreaming in law making and implementation by Tran Van Quang, Director of Personnel and Organization Department, Deputy Head of the Committee for the Advancement of Women, MoJ
Justice sector response to domestic violence against women in Viet Nam by an expert from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime

UNDP has been supporting the Ministry of Justice continuously since 1993. Significant achievements of this long-lasting cooperation include support to the Legal Needs Assessment in 2002 and the issuance of the Legal Systems Development Strategy in 2005, as well as support to strengthening access to justice and projection of rights which marked a turning-point in building a rule-of-law state in Viet Nam.

Contact Information

Ms Dang Hoang Oanh
Email: project58492.vn@undppartners.org
National Project Manager

Ms Le Thi Nam Huong
Email: le.nam.huong@undp.org
UNDP Programme Officer