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 UNDP about women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The event, timed to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, brought together nearly 100 delegates from ministries and Government agencies, social-political organisations, civil social organisations and UN agencies in Viet Nam. Malhotra said the world of work was changing in significant ways, increasingly engaging women in paid labour both in the services and manufacturing sectors.

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