HA NOI (VNS) — The United Nations (UN) will support Viet Nam in dealing with all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls, including physical, emotional, sexual abuse and human trafficking, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Arthur Erken said at a workshop yesterday in Ha Noi.
The UN recognised the Vietnamese Government's leadership and development partners' support in raising the social status of women and thus promoting gender equality, Erken said.
Over the past years, Viet Nam had worked hard to build a legal framework and implement intervention measures to protect victims of violence and punish violent behaviour, according to Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep.
However, gaps remained which required a wide-ranging programme on gender-based violence prevention and control as well as closer co-ordination among the parties involved, Diep said.
The project will be submitted to the Prime Minister for approval next year. Its outcomes are expected to help Viet Nam fulfill the commitments to the Millennium Development Goals and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), he added.
Participants called for raising public awareness about the issue and bolstering co-operation with international partners.
According to national statistics, 58 per cent of married women experience at least one form of domestic violence in their lifetime while 87 per cent do not seek assistance from authorities or public services. — VNS