Launch of 2020 Action month for gender equality, gender-based anti-violence

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence have come together on November 6 to launch the national action month, which aims to raise awareness of public on violence and calls on the public, particularly men and boys, to take action against violence, against women and girls.

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A pre-existing crisis of violence against women and children has been exacerbated in the context of Covid-19. Recent reports have shown that restrictions in movement, social isolation and similar containment measures, coupled with existing or increased social and economic pressures and stress on families, have led to an increase in violence, particularly against women and children. In many countries it is estimated that such violence has increased by at least 30 per cent.

According to the UNFPA-supported 2019 National Study on Violence against Women, nearly 63 per cent of Vietnamese women experienced one or more forms of physical, sexual, emotional and economic violence. Violence against women and girls happens anywhere, any time, and it has negative impacts on personal life, communities and the country.

The National Study reveals that the prevalence of violence against women has declined only marginally compared to 2010, but there has been some indications for positive change in attitudes in young generations with regard to gender equality and gender-based violence. 

On this context, the 2020 national action month for gender equality and the prevention and control of violence against women and girls was launched in the northern city of Hai Phong which will last until December 15 nationwide.

The action month which will run through the middle of December is held annually, and themed “Ending violence against women and children” this year.

Addressing the launching event, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha said Vietnam ranks 68th out of 166 countries in the gender development index.

It is also one of ten countries to best perform the fifth target of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on advancing gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

However, gender-based violence remains a challenge in Vietnam. Ha proposed issuing relevant laws and policies, pooling the engagement of authorities, and raising public awareness. 

Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Le Chiem called on units to end violence and abuse against women and girls, continue to promptly prevent and uncover such cases, and honour collectives and individuals for their outstanding achievements in the field.

On the occasion, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Defence honoured the efforts of 20 outstanding families in this field.

Huong Diu