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Gender equality and gender-based violence under the spotlight

Released at: 16:56, 20/12/2019

Gender equality and gender-based violence under the spotlight

Photo: KOICA Vietnam

MoLISA, KOICA Vietnam, UNFPA, and others join workshop to assess efforts made between 2017 and 2019.

by Jessica Nguyen

A review workshop on “Communications Campaigns on Gender Equality and the Prevention of Gender-based Violence’ was held on December 19 in Ha Long city, northern Quang Ninh province, to raise awareness about supporting women in Vietnam who have been abused.

KOICA Vietnam and the United Nations Population Fund in Vietnam (UNFPA), the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), and Quang Ninh province worked together to assess efforts made from 2017 to 2019 to prevent gender-based violence and encourage activities raising awareness about gender equality.

The campaign is part of a project on building a model to support and prevent gender-based violence for women and girls, implemented in the 2016-2020 period with a budget of $2.5 million.

Attending the conference were Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Van Thanh, UNFPA Director in Vietnam Ms. Naomi Kitahara, and Deputy Director of KOICA Vietnam Ms. Rah Mi Hye, together with representatives from ministries, central agencies, localities, and foreign organizations.

In his opening remarks, Deputy Minister Thanh emphasized that gender-based violence is an obstacle to social development and is a breach of human rights. He also expressed his deep gratitude to domestic and international organizations such as MoLISA, KOICA, and UNFPA for their relentless efforts in combating crime against women and children in Vietnam.

Ms. Rah Mi Hye said that results gained through awareness raising campaigns have contributed significantly to the adjustment of the legal system on gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence. She also committed that KOICA would actively cooperate with relevant organizations to successfully implement the project in the future.

Ms. Kitahara noted that the deadline for achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is only ten years away and addressed the importance of gender equality and human rights to “Leave No One Behind”.

The workshop heard of the achievements in awareness raising campaigns over the last three years, with a video screened of promotional activities carried out. A painting exhibition entitled “Gender Based Violence” was exhibited and a play on gender equality performed, to contribute to raising awareness about gender equality among participants. Finally, the discussion session between representatives was a forum for participants to speak of their experiences.

The project to build a model to support and prevent gender-based violence for women and girls is a one-stop pilot project to support women by preventing violence, with cooperation between four organizations: KOICA, UNFPA, MoLISA and the South Korean NGO Tactin Tomorrow.

The project also aims to strengthen institutional capacity to ensure the availability of support as well as access to essential services for victims of gender-based violence. It is hoped that this project will prevent violence against women and girls in Vietnam and contribute to building a safe and gender-friendly society.

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