Meeting : "Gender Equality Struggle in Vietnam”.
21 November, 2017.
A Talk by Le Ngoc Bich Ly
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.
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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