Nearly US$2 million for gender equality

More than US$1.9 million will be earmarked for the implementation of 43 gender equality activities under the 2010 Vietnam-UN joint action programme, according to a seminar jointly held by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in Hanoi on Dec. 21

At the seminar, UNFPA Chief Representative Bruce Campbell highlighted Vietnam’s gender equality achievements, including an increase in the rate of female children having access to primary and junior secondary education and the highest number of women parliamentarians in the ASEAN region.

The rate of women enjoying compulsory medical insurance is the same as men, he added.

However, he pointed out that women remain victims of domestic violence.

A survey conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed that up to 21.2 percent of couples suffer from domestic violence.

On the occasion, the UNFPA chief representative called o­n people to jointly strive for a better life for both men and women.