|A husband meets his wife and daughter after returning from a fishing trip in the northern province of Nam Dinh's Hai Hau District. The United Nations has called for the equality of the sexes to mark Vietnamese Family Day yesterday. — VNS Photo Viet Thanh
HA NOI (VNS) — A ceremony was held in Ha Noi yesterday to encourage the sharing of family-related duties equally between men and women. The event marked Vietnamese Family Day 2015.
It was jointly organised by United Nations Women (UN Women), the Viet Nam Women's Union and the Viet Nam Youth Union.
The event took place as part of the UN Women's campaign HeForShe – the women around us, which aims to actively involve men in the fight for gender equality and the elimination of discrimination against women and girls.
Vice Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Women's Union, Tran Thi Huong said that many Vietnamese families were unhappy due to gender inequality and domestic violence.
Meanwhile, deputy head of the Government Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Hoang Xuan Luong, spoke highly of the increasing number of men who actively took on family duties, stating that many husbands now shared the burden of household chores with their wives.
Shoko Ishikawa, UN Women's Country Representative in Viet Nam, highlighted the significance of sharing responsibilities for gender equality, saying that gender equality in practice benefited men and women alike.
The event included various discussions on the role of men in sharing family responsibilities, with the participation of representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Other activities to mark the day included trade fairs, a photography exhibition, art performances and a cooking competition to bring family members together and promote gender equality.
Family Day has been celebrated annually since 2001. The slogan for Family Day 2015 "Family meals foster warmth and love" is associated with the movement "Developing Vietnamese characteristics through the education of morality and lifestyle in family".
They both convey a strong message that each Vietnamese should treasure the moments they sit down for a meal with other family members. It also highlights the priceless family values that demonstrate the love of different generations for each other and the respect of juniors for seniors.
A range of activities has been held to spread the significance of the Vietnamese Family Day and to call for families throughout the nation to share a family meal. A workshop on the role and significance of family meals for young families was held in Hoa Binh Province at the weekend.
"Among the many factors that constitute the vitality of Vietnamese culture and people, family plays an extremely important role," said Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam during a conference to praise typical families in Ha Noi on Friday.
"In modern life, it is alarming to realise that "family" for some people, not only young but even middle-aged people, is less important," Dam said.
"Family Day is celebrated once every year, but one should not only think of his/her family on this day. If people want good for their family and relatives, they would surely want others to enjoy the same. This way, love will multiply," said the Deputy PM.
A three-day Vietnamese Family Festival at the Viet Nam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre which ended yesterday featured many activities, including a dialogue on the influences of technology and social network on young families, art performance entitled "Family – Foundation of Happiness", a cuisine contest, and a photo exhibition. — VNS