Vietnam Raises Proposals to Fight Violence against Children amid Covid-19

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) have co-organised a session on ensuring personnel in social welfare and child protection.

The session took place on November 4 within the framework of the second Asia-Pacific conference towards implementation of INSPIRE strategies to end violence against children during Covid-19 and beyond, which was held virtually.

The event brought together MoLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha, delegates from countries in Asia-Pacific and representatives from international and non-governmental organisations and universities.

It aimed to increase human resources in social services and affairs to serve child protection and effectively cope with all forms of violence against children.

In her remarks, Ha said Vietnam always attaches importance to social policies as well as social security and welfare, social progress and equality, and people’s living standards and happiness, during its development.

The country has issued a national plan of action to combat violence against children for the 2020-2025 period and a programme on social affairs for 2021-2030, while stepping up the social work at agencies, towards equal and effective social development.

Kids orphaned by Covid-19 in Ho Chi Minh City receive gifts.

Vietnam’s commitments to implementing the Hanoi Declaration and the roadmap on the implementation have been ratified at the 37th and 38th ASEAN Summits, Ha said.

Carrying forward the region’s successes and efforts, Vietnam commits to promoting national activities to realise the Hanoi Declaration and the roadmap with specific solutions and actions.

The Deputy Minister emphasised that the country will consolidate the child protection system, utilise human resources to support children, enhance coordination between agencies in the fight, boost personnel training, and strengthen international cooperation in child protection.

The delegates exchanged views on child matters and measures to promote progress in the region, saying to tackle violence against children, it requires a good operation system with human resources as the centre.

They, therefore, recommended countries expand, professionalise and earmark more budget for personnel to provide better services.

Social workers should be equipped with necessary tools to support children, and digital application would help them effectively aid vulnerable groups, the participants said.

Government leaders and representatives from 25 countries in East Asia and the Pacific reinforced their commitment to ending violence against children during the virtual conference hosted by the WHO and the UNICEF from November 1-5, 2021.

The five-day conference, organised in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, aimed to place ending violence against children high on the recovery agenda, while drawing on the framework of INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children developed by WHO, UNICEF and other partners to drive forward evidence-based action./.