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MEETINGS 2013-2017

424th Meeting : "Gender Equality Struggle in Vietnam”. 

Tuesday, 21 November, 2017.

A Talk by Le Ngoc Bich Ly

The Talk:

A presentation on the complexity of the relationship between the state, religion and women in the context of Vietnam. The assumption of equal rights and citizenship status for all women in the wider society according to the liberal model of multiculturalism cannot be directly applied in Vietnam. State religious policies play a significant role in the reduction of Christian women’s rights and status in terms of leadership in the wider society and in the religious community itself. This occurs despite the existence of national advanced gender law and the government’s tight control of religious groups. Taking as a case study the Evangelical Church of Vietnam - South, the failure of upholding governmental gender policies within this religious organization has complex causes embedded in the context of Vietnam. The speaker will examine the government’s management of religion, the lack of cooperation in implementing the gender framework and the ECVN’s theological, political and social stance on the gender problem.

The Speaker

Le Ngoc Bich Ly is Vietnamese. She is a faculty member of the PhD program in
Peacebuilding at Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. She earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Can Tho University, Vietnam in 2004 and became a lecturer of English at Mekong University in Vietnam for almost four years. She then went to Payap University and got a Master's Degree in Divinity and participated in the PhD program in Peacebuilding there for two years. She then moved to Indonesia and finished her PhD degree in Inter-religious Studies in February 2017. She will publish her first book entitled: "Struggles for Women-Inclusive Leadership in Toraja Church in Indonesia and the Evangelical Church of Vietnam: Agency and Structural Change".


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