Australia Pledges to Support Vietnam to Tackle Domestic Violence

Australia is committed to staying the course with the Government of Vietnam, and to support the realisation of the National Programme on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control’s goal.

Australia is committed to staying the course with the Government of Vietnam, to support the realisation of the National Programme on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control’s goal, and to tackle the deep-seated gender inequality which holds violence in place.

Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Australian Embassy in Vietnam Mark Tattersall speaks at the workshop. Photo: UNFPA Vietnam

The statement was made by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Australian Embassy in Vietnam at the workshop held in Hanoi on March 24 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and funded by the Government of Australia under the project “Eliminating violence against women and children in 2021-2025”.

The workshop also discussed the implementation of the new National Programme on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control, approved by the Prime Minister in January 2022.

The workshop focused its discussion on key solutions in this National Programme. These solutions include the revision and finalisation of laws and policies on domestic violence prevention and control, strengthening leadership and coordination between ministries, sectors, and localities in achieving targets of the National Programme, and improved support systems for domestic violence survivors.

The key objectives of the National Programme on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control include:

Over 70% of people at risk of domestic violence are equipped with knowledge and skills in domestic violence response;

95% of detected domestic violence survivors to receive protection, legal aid, and healthcare;

95% of communes, wards, and townships to run and maintain the Domestic Violence Prevention and Control Model;

90% of people directly engaged in domestic violence prevention and control to be provided with training in knowledge, skills, and professional practices on domestic violence prevention and control, among others.

In his opening remarks, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Australian Embassy in Vietnam, Mark Tattersall said "No society is immune from domestic and family violence, and no country can afford to be passive. Not Australia, not Vietnam.

Australia is committed to staying the course with the Government of Vietnam, and to support the realisation of the National Programme’s goal."

At the event. Photo: UNFPA Vietnam

UNFPA Representative for Vietnam, Naomi Kitahara welcomed the Domestic Violence Prevention and Control Law which is been scheduled for endorsement in October 2022.

“I am very proud of Vietnam reaching this level of engagement in trying to eliminate domestic violence in the country, and in the next five years, UNFPA is fully committed to continuing supporting the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for the implementation of this National Programme to ensure that all women and children in Vietnam, including those most vulnerable, live a life free of violence,” Kitahara said

In this workshop, the approval of the Vietnam Family Strategy by 2030 and the Programme on Family Ethics and Lifestyle Education by 2030 was also informed.

Attended the workshop were representatives from relevant Ministries, including the Ministries of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Public Security; and Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam Women's Union, Government Office.

Representatives from the local authorities of 63 provinces and cities, from the development partners, UN agencies and mass and social organizations were also present at the workshop.

Vietnam is determined to tackle domestic violence

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Trinh Thi Thuy emphasized that our responsibility in the coming time is to increase investment in resources, improve the efficiency of inter-sectoral coordination; promote communication, advocacy and education; perfect the legal framework for effective implementation of the Strategy, Program, and Plan on family work and domestic violence prevention and control that the Prime Minister has approved and promulgated.

Vietnam has fully recognized that sustainable family development constitutes one of the key factors to ensure the success of industrialization and modernization in the country, reported VNA.

With its responsibility of state management in family development, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has worked closely with other relevant ministries and agencies as well as local authorities to review the implementation of the 2010-2020 Family Strategy and to develop the National Family Development Strategy by 2030 and the Programme on Family Ethics and Lifestyle Education by 2030, which were approved by the Prime Minister.

The Family Development Strategy aims to build Vietnamese prosperous, progressive, and happy families, which act as healthy cells of the society; the homes for everyone; and the place to nurture and foster individuals’ personalities and lifestyles of respecting the nation's good traditions, thus promoting and multiplying positive values that contribute to the country’s sustainable development.

(vietnamtimes.org.vn)