From the 19th of June to the 30th of June 2016, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia (RLS SEA) organized an information tour to Germany with the theme ,,Women in Politics”, which was attended by a women delegation from Vietnam. This delegation consisted of various partners of RLS SEA in Vietnam and the tour gave the opportunity to meet with numerous stake holders in different cities in Germany, namely: Berlin, Erfurt, Koln and Frankfurt. Among the participants was Mr. Peeter Raane, member of RLS’ Executive Board (title picture, first from left) – who was a main contributor to organize the working program for the delegation and arranged different meetings across Germany. The participants from Vietnam’s side were: Prof. Dr. Mai Hong Quy, Rector of Ho Chi Minh University of Law (HCM UL); Ms. Nguyen Tu Anh, Deputy Head of Inspection Department, HCM UL; Asso. Prof. Do Thi Thach, senior lecturer, researcher and former director of the Institute for Scientific Socialism, Ho Chi Minh National Academy (NAPA-IS) and Dr. Pham Thi Hoang Ha, Deputy Director of NAPA-IS.
The delegation had a meeting with Thüringen’s person in charge of women’s issues to find out about the status of gender equality in Germany in general and in Thüringen in particular. There they learned that equal rights for women and men in Germany are guaranteed by the Basic Law, by the Federal Equal Treatment Act and by respective laws in the federal states. The Thüringen state also has its own law on gender equality, which determines a quota of 30% employment of women in supervisory boards in order to promote the advancement of women working in administrations.
Furthermore, the delegation had a meeting with the President of Thüringen’s parliament, Christian Karius, and vice president of Thüringen’s parliament, Margit Jung. The President and vice-President welcomed the delegation and introduced to them the achievements of the state and the parliament. For example, almost 30% of the members of the state’s parliament are already women, notably the vice president: Ms. Margit Jung of the Left party.
Talking about the difficulties regarding the gender justice work, both of them agreed that although there are policies to push women into political roles, it is hard to find “qualified” females for leadership positions. The president admitted that women are doing excellent work in their positions, as they have a different approach to things that can balance with the men’s approach.
The delegation also had the honour to be welcomed by and to meet Thüringen’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (title picture, third from left). The Prime Minister talked about the state, the economic status as well as industries. He informed the delegation about potential cooperation fields between the two countries, especially in Thüringen, for vocational training, education and nursery.
Continuing the journey, the women had a meeting with the Federal Labour Court. The representatives of the Court welcomed the delegation and explained the structures of the court. The two sides had the chance to share and exchange experiences with their respective legal systems.
Besides the meetings with government officials named above, as well as member of the Party DIE LINKE. in Cologne, the delegation also had the chance to talk to various other stake holders. These included the Housing Cooperatives in Koln, the Caritascenter for people with disabilities, Agisra e.V – consultation and information for female refugees and immigrants association, WDR – the biggest national broadcasting brand and LSG – Sky Chefs.