12 August 2014 - In the News

International Youth Day, 12 August 2014: “Mental Health Matters”

A safe and healthy passage from adolescence into adulthood is the right of every child. Being healthy means not merely the absence of illness, but complete physical, mental and social well-being. An essential component of this is being able to realize one’s potential, cope with the stresses of life, build healthy relationships, work productively and participate fully in society. Yet, the mental health of young people is largely ignored and, as a result, depression is the largest cause of disability, and suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people worldwide. On this International Youth Day, we declare, ‘Mental Health Matters’! more

28 March 2014 - Press Release

Improving quality of condoms in the free market in Viet Nam holds key to ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health

Hai Phong, 28 March 2014 – Since Viet Nam attained the middle income country status in 2010, the supply of male condom to the country has been dramatically changed. It is estimated that international aid and government resources for condoms accounted only 15 per cent, while 85 per cent of condom need is covered by the free market through uncontrolled importing distribution channel. This issue was discussed at the National Meeting of the Condom Coordination Committee and Technical Working Group held today in Do Son, Hai Phong, by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the United Nation Population Fund in Viet Nam (UNFPA). more
07 March 2014 - Press Release

International Women’s Day 2014 – Equality for women and girls is progress for all

Ha Noi, 7 March 2014 - The importance of gender equality in achieving progress for all was stressed today at a key policy dialogue held by the United Nations and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to mark International Women's Day. The event bought together over 200 participants, including policy makers, representatives from MOLISA and other ministries, the Viet Nam Women's Union, the UN in Viet Nam, bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as NGOs and the media. more
25 November 2013 - In the News

Campaign 16 days of activism to end violence against women officially opened

Ha Noi, 25 November 2013 – A policy dialogue on Prevention and Control of Violence against women and girls was held in Ha Noi today by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the United Nations in Viet Nam. This dialogue marks the official opening of the annual 16 days of activism to end violence against women globally, as well as in Viet Nam. There were more than 100 representatives from government agencies, UN agencies, international and local NGOs and the media participating in the  dialogue. Data on domestic violence in Viet Nam compilation
The National Study on Domestic Violence against Women, released by the General Statistics Office and the United Nations in Viet Nam in 2010, showed that 58 per cent of ever-married women had experienced at least one form of violence (physically, mentally or sexually) at some point in their lives. Approximately 50 per cent of victims did not tell anyone about the violence they endured and 87 per cent did not seek help from public services. Violence against women and girls not only has serious impacts on the physical and spiritual well-being of victims, it also has enormous socio-economic costs. In Viet Nam, women who are victims of domestic violence earn up to 35 per cent less than other women. Altogether, the opportunity cost and productivity loss of domestic violence amounted to more than 3 per cent of Viet Nam’s GDP in 2010 alone. Legal framework in Viet Nam
Viet Nam passed the Law on Gender Equality in 2006, the Law on Domestic Violence and Control in 2007, and the Law on Suppression and Prevention of Human Trafficking in 2012. Decrees to help implement the Domestic Violence Law were issued in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The National Strategy on Gender Equality, 2011-2020, and the National Programme on Gender Equality, 2011-2015 have both increased Viet Nam’s ability to address gender inequality. The revision of the Labour Code in 2012 prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace.
However, more needs to be done to effectively implement and reinforce the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control as well as to end all violence against women and girls. “We must stop violence before it occurs. We need education in schools that teaches gender equality and mutual respect. We must ensure boys and girls are shown appropriate gender roles at home and in public places. We must inspire young people to fight for equality as a human right," said Ms. Pratibha Mehta, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Viet Nam. This event is among many activities of the campaign "Join Hands to end violence against women and girls".   more
23 September 2013 - In the News

The new population law should respond to the opportunities and challenges of population dynamics

Ha Noi, 23 September 2013 - Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam shared his opinions on the new population law: "I am confident that the new Population Law of Viet Nam will be a well-informed law that will respond to the opportunities and challenges of population dynamics, as well as the aspirations and desires of the Vietnamese people as it moves towards a bright and prosperous future!" more
19 September 2013 - In the News

Opinion Editorial: Building Better Lives through a Population and Development Agenda

Half a century ago, the world was warned of the imminent explosion of “the population bomb.” There were fears that humanity would suffer mass starvation. And that societies would plunge into turmoil --- all because of overpopulation. more
12 August 2013 - In the News

Message from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Excecutive Director on International Youth Day

Today, we have the largest generation of young people the world has ever seen, with more than 40 per cent of the world’s population under the age of 25. With their dynamism and imagination, young people can transform the social and economic fortunes of developed and developing countries alike. With more than 12 per cent of all 15- to 24-year-olds migrating across borders today, this year’s International Youth Day focuses on how young migrants move development forward. more
11 July 2013 - In the News

Message from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Excecutive Director on World Population Day

There are over 600 million girls in the world today, more than 500 million of them in developing countries. They are shaping humanity’s present and future. The opportunities and choices girls have during adolescence will enable them to begin adulthood as empowered, active citizens. more
11 July 2013 - In the News

More than a third of young Vietnamese lack acess to contraception

HA NOI, 11 July 2013 – In the past decade, although Viet Nam has made impressive progress on reducing maternal mortality and increasing access to reproductive health and family planning services, more than a third of young Vietnamese still lack access to the contraception they need. As a result, the rates of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions are still high amongst young girls, especially those who are unmarried. more

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