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Dialogue on gender equality and violence held

Released at: 21:01, 12/08/2019

Dialogue on gender equality and violence held

Photo: UNDP

Justice Ministry, EU in Vietnam, and UNDP hold policy dialogue on August 9 in Hanoi.

by Jessica Nguyen

The Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the EU in Vietnam and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), held a Policy Dialogue on August 9 in Hanoi entitled “Anti-Discrimination against Women and Girls and Prevention of Gender-based Violence”, as part of the EU Justice and Legal Empowerment Programme in Vietnam.

The dialogue aimed at sharing information on Vietnam’s efforts to improve regulations and the implementation of such regulations, with recommendations made to improve the effectiveness of legislation on anti-discrimination against women and girls and the prevention of gender-based violence, ensuring the full implementation of Vietnam’s international commitments on the protection of women and children.

In his opening remarks, Deputy Minister of Justice Nguyen Khanh Ngoc said that in recent years the government has actively met its international commitments on combating discrimination against women and girls and also promoted the prevention of gender-based violence.

Vietnam has signed a number of important documents in this regard, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); the Beijing Platform for Action & Convention No. 100 from the International Labor Organization (ILO) on equal pay; and the ILO’s Convention No. 111 on employment discrimination and occupations.

In order to implement these international commitments, Vietnam’s policies and legal framework have been gradually improved towards giving better recognition and protection of the rights of women, girls and related groups; ensuring anti-discrimination against women and girls; promoting gender equality; and addressing gender-based violence, including domestic violence.

The Ministry of Justice and legal, judicial, and State management agencies received many comments, suggestions, and recommendations from domestic and international delegates, to help the government act more effectively in combating discrimination against women and girls and preventing gender-based violence.

Photo: Mr. Nick Booth, UNDP’s regional Programme Advisor on Governance, Conflict Prevention, Access to Justice and Human Rights speaking at the meeting. Photo: UNDP

Mr. Nick Booth, the UNDP’s regional Programme Advisor on Governance, Conflict Prevention, Access to Justice and Human Rights, said that to effectively implement anti-discrimination against women and girls and prevent gender-based violence, Vietnam’s legal authorities need to strengthen special protection measures to protect victims, especially adolescent children, and build interdisciplinary, standardized processes for responding to violence against children, with the participation of the health and education sectors together with judicial and law enforcement agencies.

“Key to addressing gender-based violence is breaking the ‘culture of silence’, which prevents women and girls, and especially boys and men, from reporting violence,” Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, told the gathering. “When survivors report abuse to authorities it is essential that they receive the protection they need through effective remedies.”

The EU Justice and Legal Empowerment Programme in Vietnam is funded by the EU with financial contributions from UNDP and UNICEF and is implemented by these UN agencies in partnership with the Ministry of Justice.

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