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Rising gender gap causes alarm

Update: December, 05/2012 - 10:26

DA NANG (VNS)— More than 200 experts discussed measures to deal with gender inequality at birth, promote the role of the elderly and prevent family violence at a two-day conference in Da Nang City that ended yesterday.

Viet Nam faced an alarming gender disparity, with a ratio of 112 boys born for every 100 girls in 2012, said Tran Ngoc Thanh, an official from the Viet Nam's Farmers Association.

"Men in the Hong (Red) River Delta region still prefer their wives to give birth to boys, creating a significant disparity in the gender ratio, " Thanh said.

Although such an imbalance had not yet occurred in the coastal central and Central Highlands region, it would likely happen in the not-too-distant future.

Hoa Huu Van, deputy head of the Family Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that 32 per cent of 4,860 married women participating in a survey reported experiencing physical violence and 10 per cent had suffered sex violence at home.

Among 166,000 violations in 2009-12, women were the major victims. They accounted for 64.43 per cent of victims, while children and the elderly made up 14,8 per cent and 9.7 per cent respectively, he said.

"The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region was revealed to be a hotbed of sex violence, with 42 per cent of women saying they had experienced sex violence from their husbands," he added.

He said the elderly were also frequent victims of domestic violence, and that the country's population was significantly aging.

In 2011 people over 65 accounted for 7 per cent of the country's population (87.61 million). — VNS

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