Women in the family

Women crucial for Myanmar’s development: state counsellor

Many people, including women, have the impression that the fairer sex have equal rights in Myanmar, but in reality, they do not, said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. “Women often boast that they have equal rights with men. But we know that that ...

Laws, norms discriminate against women at work

Transforming the workplace for women requires the elimination of structural barriers, discriminatory laws and social norms to create equal economic opportunities, said United Nations Resident Co-ordinator Kamal Malhotra. He spoke Friday at a dialogue organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and ...

VN lacks gender equality strategy: experts

It is fairly common that women are forbidden from going near shrimp farms in several southern provinces because they are believed to bring bad luck. Rooted in this superstition is the notion that shrimp farming is a man’s job. Thus it was that Huỳnh Thị ...

Young Cambodian entrepreneur launches Phnom Penh’s first female motor-scooter tour agency

In Cambodia’s capital, motorbike taxis are everywhere – but it’s extremely rare to see women drivers transporting tourists. Those who do are judged harshly. Katya Cengel meets the young entrepreneur trying to change that. When they show up at a Phnom Penh hotel in their ...

Sex worker's death haunts women of Wat Phnom

In the weeks since the suspicious death of Pen Kunthea, a pall has settled over the small community of sex workers who ply their trade around the capital’s Wat Phnom each night. For many, Kunthea’s death was not an aberration, but a grim testament to ...

Vietnamese women’s cosmetics market sees stable growth

The Vietnamese beauty market saw stable growth last year, with a year-on-year increase of 4 per cent, and is expected to thrive in the years to come. About 20 million women aged 15 to 39, or 40 per cent of the female population, are potential ...

National workshop mulls progress in women's rights

Members of the Lao Women’s Union and UN Women Asia-Pacific as well as Lao and foreign officials met on February 1 at the launch of the national workshop on Transforming Economies and Realising Women’s Rights. The purpose of the workshop was to report on women’s ...

Maternity leave: How Vietnam compares to neighbors

The ILO believes Vietnam has fairly progressive policies to protect working mothers. Vietnamese female workers are offered up to 26 weeks maternity leave, above the average level of 12-13 weeks seen in Southeast Asia, according to the International Labor Organization. Vietnam has a system of ...

Savings spare women from labor in Myanmar

Ma Nwe places a rock the size of a baseball at her feet, then tightens the string holding her bamboo hat in place. “I can’t risk it falling off,” she explained, squinting in the sun. “It’s only going to get hotter as the day goes ...

Draft law could see men jailed for deceitful promises of marriage

Any man who cohabitates with or impregnates a woman after agreeing to marry her, but then fails to stand by the promise, could soon face prison terms if a draft law comes into effect. The Prevention of Violence against Women Law includes a clause that ...

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