Listening to connect

In order to create a friendly, sharing and connecting environment for returned migrant women, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Vietnam Women's Union organized a counselling event, "Listening to connect", on November 25 at the Hanoi-based One Stop Service Office (OSSO).

At the event. Source: IOM Vietnam

The event was also organized to respond to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

At the event, a number of returned migrant women in Hanoi and Hai Duong had the opportunity to share their stories and received the counselling by experts from the Ministry of Justice and the Counselling centre Peaceful House on their issues related to legal proceedings and domestic violence.

Statistics show that each year tens of thousands of Vietnamese citizens marry foreigners. 90% of them are women.

By last year, more than 100,000 couples of Korean men and Vietnamese women were married, accounting for 23.57% of the total number of foreign marriages with Koreans.

Between 2011 and 2019, there were nearly 14,000 divorces between Vietnamese wives and Korean husbands.

OSSO office is officially launched as the destination for the returned migrant women in Hanoi, to facilitate the sustainable reintegration of returned women and their families.

The launch of OSSO (20 Thuy Khue street, Tay Ho district, Hanoi) in October has marked an important milestone, kicking off the establishment of upcoming four OSSOs in Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Can Tho and Hau Giang Provinces.

The activities were held under the project “Strengthening Vietnamese capacity for sustainable reintegration of returning women migrants and their households in Vietnam” implemented by IOM in cooperation with the Women’s Union of Vietnam and with the funding from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Tu Pham