HA NOI (VNS)— The first oversight guidelines for the Law on Senior Citizens and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control, introduced yesterday, will help prevent abuse and better protect victims, officials say.
The guidelines were launched at a ceremony held by the National Assembly's Committee for Social Affairs (CSA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
"The guidelines will greatly facilitate and enhance the work of (NA) deputies and authorities at different levels," said Nguyen Van Tien, deputy chairman of the CSA.
So far, implementation of the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control as well as various bylaws had not been as effective as desired, requiring the serious attention of both governmental agencies and parliamentarians, he said.
According to the National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Viet Nam, released in 2010 by the General Statistics Office, one in three, or 34 per cent, of married women reported suffering physical, emotional or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands at some time in their lives.
However, 87 per cent of the women who have experienced such abuse do not seek help from any official services.
Most senior citizens in the country are self-employed in agricultural activities with low and unstable income and some 17 per cent of them live under the poverty line, according to the Viet Nam Ageing Survey 2011.
Women and senior citizens belonging to the ethnic minority communities are more vulnerable to poverty than their male, urban and Kinh (majority community) counterparts, the survey found.
Arthur Erken, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam, said that for successful implementation of the oversight guidelines, the country needed the strong support of the NA deputies to ensure that the tools are used systematically and professionally at national and local levels.
The deputies should identify problems in the implementation of laws as well as limitations that render them irrelevant to the actual situation on the ground, so that changes can be made to improve the legislation, he said. — VNS