Women in Vietnam

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Women in Vietnam

Women's Roles in the CountryAlthough women used to live primarily as housewives in charge of cooking, cleaning, and raising children, women today also work in a variety of jobs. Women are sometimes expected to do all household chores in addition to full time jobs, without the support of their husbands. Keeping up with a Vietnamese household itself can be difficult too, considering the ultra-fresh food which requires buying fresh each day. Additionally, women are generally so busy with work at home that they cannot go to school to educate themselves and advance towards equal rights. The number of older women at college in Vietnam is minimal due to lack of time.

- the average age of Vietnamese women who are trafficked each year is between 15 and 17-The number of HIV infections reported per year has increased dramatically from less than 2,000 per year in the early 1990s to 59,2000 by the end of 2002

The above video focuses on recent problems of sex trafficking of women in Vietnam. The one young woman, just 15 years old, was kidnapped and forced into prostitution. I can't begin to believe how awful she must have felt and hope that people can become more educated on this terrible system. This is a prime example of how women are treated unfairly worldwide.

Women in Vietnam

Truong Thi Hong Tam, a retired sex worker in HCMC and the author of a book on HIV/AIDS, said virtually all sex workers return to their old line of work after being released from rehab.“What [else] can they do to survive once coming home? No job, no money, no education, what can they do? Hunger forces them back on the streets,” she told Vietweek.

According to Thanhnien News, women stuck in the prostitution ring in Vietnam cannot find other jobs that pay well enough to overrule prostitution as a career. These women, even after rehab, return to prostitution to make money. Why are no safe, HIV risk free jobs available for women?

One woman from Hanoi, Mai, looks like she is equal to men on paper. I read about Mai's story, along with several others, who although they didn't face direct abuse from their husbands did face mistreatment. In real life, her own husband doesn't pay attention to her knowledge. These type of men infuriate me and I can only imagine how women like Mai feel. Do they grow accustomed to the lack of caring and unequal opportunities? He hasn't asked Mai about her thesis for sociology, but rather is ashamed of having a smart wife. Why can these men not accept their wives as equals? Another woman, Hanh, is single and her family has yet to talk to her about her work. Instead they berate her about her lack of husband. Hanh is intelligent and is utilizing that knowledge to go into business. I feel terrible for her though; her parents don't support her decision. Her family is encouraging the traditional values of Vietnamese women to cater to the men and this type of behavior will only continue to encourage degrading behavior towards women in Vietnam. Of course, every man Hanh has met with the same level education as her isn't looking for an equal. “The men I have met, also educated and career-minded, have made it very clear to me that what they are looking for is a housekeeper and a mother, not an equal partner, and what I am hearing from my own family merely reinforces this.” - See more at: http://inside.org.au/two-faces-of-gender-equity-in-vietnam/#sthash.1CjcFo9r.dpuf

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