UNFPA works to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in Viet Nam, while supporting the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)in Cairo in 1994, the International Conference on Women Platform of Action in Beijing (1995), the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and Millennium Development Goal #3, to promote gender equality and empower women.
The main components of UNFPA’s gender equality and women’s empowerment programming are domestic violence (DV) prevention and the UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality, policy advocacy work relating to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and gender mainstreaming.
|The UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality is a component of One UN in Viet Nam. This unprecedented initiative brings together FAO, ILO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNIFEM, UNODC and WHO to work toward one common outcome: improved capacity of relevant national and provincial authorities, institutions and other duty bearers to effectively implement the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence.|
2. The UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality
As part of the UN reform initiative to bring UN agencies together to work on a single issue, the UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality supports implementation of two new laws in Viet Nam, the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control and the Law on Gender Equality. Under this initiative, 11 UN agencies are providing technical assistance to the Government of Viet Nam and to civil society.
3. Operational research
Needs assessment in Phu Tho and Ben Tre
‘Domestic Violence Prevention: Status, Needs and Priorities for Interventions in
Phu Tho and Ben Tre Provinces’ (2006)
This study reviews the current situation of domestic violence and the needs and priorities for prevention of domestic violence in 16 communes in Doan Hung District, Phu Tho Province, and Binh Dai District, Ben Tre Province. The study assesses (1) community awareness of domestic violence issues and laws, (2) the extent and the seriousness of domestic violence in the study sites and the barriers to victims seeking services and support and (3) the availability and quality of domestic violence prevention programs and collaboration among authorities. Additionally, the study identifies needs and priorities and recommends appropriate interventions and means of coordination between different sectors in domestic violence prevention.
Qualitative assessment on GBV programming
‘Gender-Based Violence: Programming Review’ (2006)
This review identifies successful programming preventing and addressing GBV in Viet Nam, challenges and future areas of action. This information is being used by UNFPA to develop recommendations for a model to address GBV in its programming in Phu Tho and Ben Tre provinces, and was used for advocacy with its partners who were involved in the development of the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control.
4. Approval of the DV law
Through the UN Gender PCG, the UNFPA Gender Team has been involved in providing strategic, coordinated and multi-sectoral capacity building and technical assistance to build the capacity of national and provincial duty bearers so that they can better implement the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence (DVL) from 2008 to 2010.