Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

Scientific workshop "Female workers are not trained and social issues in the digital age"


In the morning of November 30th, 2018, at the 2nd floor hall, Center for Women and Development, No. 20 Thuy Khue, Hanoi, Central Scientific Council - Vietnam Women's Union and the Institute of Family and Gender Studies - Academy of Social Sciences of Vietnam (Academy of Sciences) jointly organized a scientific workshop on "Unskilled female workers in social issues number ". Attending the workshop included: Prof.Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh, Vice President of the Academy; Dr. Dang Xuan Thanh, Vice President of the Academy; Assoc. Tran Thi Minh Thi, Director of Institute for Family and Gender Studies; Dr. Bui Thi Hoa, Vice President of Vietnam Women's Union Tran Quang Tien, Director of the Vietnam Women's Institute and representatives of relevant agencies and press agencies in the capital of Vietnam to present the workshop.

    Dr. Dang Xuan Thanh spoke the opening at the workshop

At the workshop report, Assoc. Tran Thi Minh Thi said that unskilled female workers are one of the disadvantaged groups in the labor market, with many negative social and demographic characteristics (high unemployment rate, unstable employment, low income, mainly poor people living in rural, mountainous, ethnic minority areas, elderly women group, low education); They are facing many difficulties due to a lack of policy system, lack of supervision of the implementation of policies that guarantee the rights of women in practice, support services, cultural perspectives This workshop was designed to assess the real social issues that are occurring with this typical female worker group in the digital age, especially during the industrial revolution. , to promote gender equality, to create equality and sustainable development in society.

The workshop received 25 writings of scientists, lecturers and researchers nationwide with four main content categories related to unskilled female workers: (1). Some of the social issues that unskilled female workers face such as marriage, health care, especially reproductive health, social security, education, labor, employment, etc. (2). Models of social support for unskilled female workers; (3). Challenges in building a happy family today; (4). Some gender related issues.

Through 5 presentations on the status of unskilled female workers, the career trends of female farmers; on the use of social capital in technical renovation of production technology in the village; the quality of married life and the issue of marriage to foreigners ... the ideas discussed at the workshop helped to clarify the challenges that this  group is facing: first). The percentage of unskilled female workers is not only higher than that of men but also  this percentage is significant in ethnic minority areas, occupations, even in female labor force; (2). The lack of professional skills, adaptive skills, meeting the requirements of work; lack of support services, counseling, lack of information on career opportunities; (3). The risk of unemployment due to the emergence of automated systems and robots in place of unskilled labor, unskilled female workers have  less opportunites to get jobs which base on modern technology; (4). Low income, unsafe working conditions, lack of material and spiritual life, especially difficulties in accessing social security services ...

Assoc. Tran Thi Minh Thi made a speech at the workshop   Dr. Bui Thi Hoa, Vice Chairwoman of Vietnam Women's Union, making closing speech at the workshop

Evaluation of the results of  reports  Dr.Dang Xuan Thanh also said that the challenges in the digital age for unskilled workers are obvious. Along with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, vision to 2030, academics of the Academy in general, the Institute for Family and Gender Studies and the Vietnam Women's Union should continue to have more many other cooperation projects. In particular, attention should be given to research on the policy applied in the informal economy; study the current situation and factors affecting them in such dimensions as: personal life, family, socio-economic status, access to services, information, health and education ... Enhancing the theoretical and practical reviews related to female workers training in the context of the industrial revolution 4.0.

   Workshop overview

Closing speech of the workshop, Dr. Bui Thi Hoa, Vice President of the Viet Nam Women's Union, gave an overview of the reports and exchanges at the workshop. Thereby, emphasizes the role of research for the development of the Women's Union and the work of women. At the same time, determining the importance of policy based on research evidence confirms the need for increased close cooperation with scientists, researchers, especially the Institute for Family Studies and Gender in particular, the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in general to link the results of scientific research, practical research with policy advisory, social feedback, to protect rights and interests Legal and legitimate interests of women, including female workers and unskilled female laborers.      

                                                                       Pham Vinh Ha  

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