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Kick-off workshop on development of the national proposal on prevention and response to gender-based violence in the period 2016-2020
Updated at: 17/12/2014

On December 15th in Hanoi, MOLISA in cooperation with United Nations in Vietnam was organized Kick-off workshop in development of the national proposal on prevention and response to gender-based violence in the period 2016-2020.

All participants agree that gender-based violence (GBV), especially violence against women and girls is global issues and happens in all kinds of communities in Vietnam. There are many forms of GBVs, including physical violence, emotional violence, financial violence and human trafficking, etc.

A national research on domestic violence shows that 58% of married-women (aged 18-60 years old) were experienced violence by husband or intimate partner at least once. Nevertheless, 50% of women victims have never disclosed to anyone and 87% of them do not seek support from social services. Women and girls are not only victims of domestic violence, but also are at risk of being trafficked, abused and sexually abused in other environments outside the home.

The causes of GBV stem from gender-inequality and the role of dominant men. Although on legal basis women are protected, women position is often lower than men due to gender stereotypes.

Over recent years, authorities have many achievements on developing on legal system and policies on prevention and response to gender-based violence; punishing on violence actions. Many programs, intervention policies and models have been implemented; however there are still gaps in mechanism, policies and programs on prevention and response to gender-based violence in Vietnam.

Vice minister of Ministry of Labors-Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep emphasized that the current needed concern is to develop a comprehensive national programmes on the prevention of gender-based violence that will clarify the accountability and connect all stake –holders in order to build, implement intervention comprehensively.           

Based on the above actual situation and recent recommendations of the United Nations concerning the identification of the priority contents in promoting gender equality, namely the Conclusions of the 57th and 58th Sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) intends to submit the national proposal on prevention and response to gender-based violence in the period 2016-2020, vision toward 2030 to Prime Minister for consideration and approval in 2015.

Mr. Auther Erken, Representative of UNFPA in Vietnam talks The United Nations in Viet Nam very much appreciates the Government’s leadership in this regard. In partnership with UN Women and other UN agencies, we are committed to continuing our work, in close partnership with the Government, development and civil society partners, to advance the status of women and to vigorously promote gender equality. As gender-based violence is one of the key indicators to monitor the achievements towards Millennium Development Goal 3 on gender equality, and since one of the new Sustainable Development Goals beyond 2015 will be on achieving 'gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls', we will continue to prioritize efforts to address this issue in the upcoming years.



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