|UNFPA Representative for Việt Nam Naomi Kitahara gives a speech at the event. — Photo courtesy of the UNFPA|
HÀ NỘI — Around 300 University of Labour and Social Affairs students have debated issues affecting the promotion of gender equality and how to address gender-biased sex selection.
The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs held the discussion on Monday at the university in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), under the framework: "Addressing Gender Biased Sex Selection and related harmful practices in Việt Nam."
The Government of Norway funds the project for the period 2020-2022.
Gender equality in Việt Nam has improved over the past decades. However, gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence, and harmful practices, including son preference and gender-biased sex selection, persist.
According to the 2019 census, Việt Nam's 'sex ratio at birth (SRB)' is currently estimated at 111.5 male births for 100 female births.
To stop gender-biased sex selection and 'son preference', and to honour the roles and the values of women and girls in the family and society, it is critical to stimulate a change in everyone's attitudes and behaviours towards gender-biased sex selection, and this has become one of UNFPA's missions in Việt Nam.
However, such a change cannot be achieved overnight. There is a need for joint efforts from all ministries and agencies, various sectors and partners and the entire population, including young people who play their unique roles and shared responsibilities in ending gender-biased sex selection.
UNFPA Representative for Việt Nam Naomi Kitahara said, "It is high time to have a fair view that women and men have their own values and roles and can contribute to the family and society equally."
"Everyone, regardless of gender or age, job or social position, deserves recognition and appreciation for their values and contributions to this life. This can only be achieved through solidarity. Let us all get united to achieve the philosophy of the SDGs agenda 2030 of 'Leaving no one behind'. We are not leaving girls behind!" she said. — VNS