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Policy Brief: The Law on Gender Equality

This policy brief discusses the major issues identified in the independent Review of the Law on Gender Equality (GEL), which was undertaken between 2018 and 2020. The review applied a human rights-based approach to assess the consistency of the GEL and other national laws with 58 sources of international human rights law, especially the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the GEL. The review was conducted through a desk review of the GEL, national laws and gender equality literature. Interviews were conducted with 32 central level stakeholders and 260 individuals from provincial and local government agencies, civil society organizations, mass social organizations, and also individual rightsholders in five sample provinces: Bac Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City, Gia Lai, Lao Cai and Tra Vinh. To prepare this policy brief, the major findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Review report were analyzed to identify five priority issues to address in the short and medium term.