Conference reviews the implementation of the action month for gender equality and prevention of gender based violence 2016
16/03/2017On December 15th, 2016, in Hanoi, Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA)in collaborating with United Nations in Vietnam held the Conference on reviewing the implementation of the action month for gender equality and prevention of gender based violence with the theme “Joining hand to eliminate violence against women and girls” organized from November 15th to December 15th. Attending the event were Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan; Mrs. Shoko Ishikawa, Head representative of UNWomen Vietnam; representatives of relevant ministries, sectors, agencies, international organization, NGOs.
A series of activities were organised nationwide during an action month for gender equality and fight against gender-based violence, contributing to raising public awareness of gender equality.
On October 2nd, 2015, the Prime Minister approved the National Action Plan on Gender Equality in the period 2016-2020, in which the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs assigned to implement Action Month for Gender Equality and Prevention of gender-based violence from November 15th to December 15th annually, in order to raise awareness of the whole society in this regard to eliminating violence against women and girls in Vietnam. Launching ceremony Action Month 2016 marked the beginning of a media campaign on national level on gender equality and prevention of gender-based violence in Vietnam.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan said the campaign helped spread a strong message calling for gender equality and the termination of violence against women and girls.
The Deputy Minister called for more enduring efforts, especially commitments on budget for the work
She stressed the Ministry will continue joining hands with domestic and international organisations to fine-tune policies and laws, and perform programmes and projects on gender equality and fight against gender-based violence, towards building a civilised, progress, equal and safe society.
Shoko Ishikawa, Chief Representative of the UN agency on gender equality and empowerment of women (UN Women) in Vietnam highlighted the significance of the activity, expressing her hope that the United Nations in Vietnam will continue the partnership with the Vietnamese Government, civil social organisations and development partners in the work, thus bringing justice to victims of violence.
At the conference, representatives from several ministries, sectors, localities, non-governmental and international organisations shared experience in implementing the campaign.
On the occasion, a number of organisations and individuals were presented with insignias for their good performance and contributions to activities during the month.
Girl children are not only the victims of domestic violence but also human trafficking, sexual abuse and violence from outside the family. A national survey on domestic violence against women and children reported that there was an average of 1,000 cases of girl child sexual abuse every year.
Themed “Joining hands to remove violence against women and girl children”, the month-long campaign, starting from November 15, aims to encourage the involvement of agencies, organisations and people in efforts to ensure gender equality and prevent violence against women and girl children.
On this occasion, on behalf of the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs, Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan awarded the Medal for the Cause of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs to 03 officers of UNFPA and appreciated the units, individual outstanding in implementation of the Action month for gender equality and prevention of gender – based violence 2016.