Unite Campaign to end violence against women and girls in Viet Nam
Ha Noi, 25 November 2011- The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the Viet Nam Women’s Union and the United Nations in Viet Nam co-organized a policy dialogue in Ha Noi on 23 November on “Strengthening Responses to Violence against Women in Viet Nam” to commemorate the 2011 International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, observed each year on 25 November. This event received great attention from Government organizations, political and social organizations, civil society, United Nations agencies, embassies, international development organizations and international and national media agencies.
The policy dialogue was part of a series of events taking place throughout November as part of the global UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world by 2015.
This is the first time
The opening speech of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism stressed that domestic violence is a violation of equal rights between women and men, as well as a violation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which
Speaking at the dialogue, United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Pratibha Mehta said: “Now is the time to act. Ending violence is in our hands. We need to work together to ensure that the women of Viet Nam are empowered to step up, speak out, and that Vietnamese men join their voices to end violence against women once and for all.”
During the dialogue, the Women’s
Representatives of UNAIDS and UN Women also released research findings on the linkage between HIV and domestic violence, based on the Domestic Violence Study conducted by the General Statistics Office in 2010.
There was also a presentation from a NGO network working on prevention and responses to domestic violence against women (DOVIPNET) on the experience of civil society to address domestic violence and support for victims.
Participants at the policy dialogue were encouraged to become personally involved by writing down a pledge to take action to end violence against women and girls in
Both the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the United Nations are committed to working together under the framework of the UNiTE Campaign to eliminate violence against women and girls in
Source: UN Vietnam