Feature Stories

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

04 November 2013 - Feature Story

More than 7 million girls in poor countries give birth before 18 each year

Ha Noi, 4 November 2013 - “If we are equipped with adequate, timely and youth-friendly information and services on sexual and reproductive health, we will have a better understanding and knowledge of safe sex and how to protect ourselves from unwanted pregnancies", shared Ms Nguyen Thi Ly, a young single mom from Hoa Binh province, Viet Nam. more
24 September 2013 - Feature Story

Workshop to review Viet Nam Population Ordinance - a key milestone in the development of population-related legislation in the country

Ha Noi, 24 September 2013 - A national workshop to review the ten year implementation of the Viet Nam Population Ordinance organized today in Ha Noi by the General Office for Population and Family Planning (GOPFP) - Ministry of Health. This workshop represented a real opportunity to bring together collective learning, both nationally and globally, in assessing the implementation of the Population Ordinance and drawing lessons for the formulation of the proposed population law. more
23 September 2013 - Feature Story

The first ever Inter-censal on Population Survey in 2014 - key to guiding national evidence-based policies and programmes

HA NOI, 23 September 2013 - The first ever Inter-censal on Population Survey (IPS) in 2014 was an extremely important event for Viet Nam to develop evidence-based policies and programmes at both national and sub-national levels, emphasized the Director of General Statistics Office (GSO) and the UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam at the workshop organized today in Ha Noi to discuss the finalization of the 2014 IPS's plan and questionnaires. more
12 August 2013 - Feature Story

Young migrants: in search of a better life, but at a cost!

Ha Noi, 12 August 2013 - Thanh, a worker in the Thang Long industrial Zone, is one of many young people who recently migrated to Hanoi in search for a job. Like many other Vietnamese youth who migrate from the rural regions to the city, Thanh has to pay higher fees for sexual and reproductive health services when accessing public health services.
“I migrated to Hanoi for a better job and moved away from the health center at which I was initially registered for my health insurance. When I now go to a public health clinic for reproductive health issues, I end up having to pay higher fees for services compared to those who are locally registered residents. I wish it was different as I now have difficulty accessing these services as I can’t afford them…  ” says Thanh. more
10 July 2013 - Feature Story

World Population Day 2013: Adolescent Pregnancy

Ha Noi, 10 July 2013 - With 16 million girls aged 15-19 giving birth each year worldwide, complications from pregnancy and child birth continue to be the leading cause of death among adolescent girls in low and middle-income countries. more
23 April 2013 - In the News

Village based ethnic minority midwives: a human resource solution for strengthening maternal and child health

Ha Noi, 23 April 2013 – The official role of ethnic minority midwives will be recognized in the Viet Nam's health system when the Ministry of Health's Circular 07 comes into effect in May  2013. This new Circular shows a strong commitment of the Government of Viet Nam in accelerating progress towards achieving the health-related MDGs and saving more women's and children's lives, emphasized the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the United Nations in Viet Nam at the workshop organized today in Ha Noi to launch the MOH's Circular 07 dated 8 March 2013 on requirements, functions and responsibilities of village health workers including village-based ethnic minority midwives. more
12 April 2013 - In the News

Strengthen multi-sectoral coordination mechanism among all relevant sectors and stakeholders from the national to grass-roots levels - key to ending domestic violence in Viet Nam

HA NOI, 12 April 2013 - "It is important to have greater synergy and coordination among all relevant sectors and stakeholders working to prevent and address domestic violence. Such a coordinated multi-sectoral response to domestic violence must be well planned and monitored. This will help to translate the national laws and legislation into actions, so that we can ensure that all those who suffer from and are at risk of domestic violence have access to quality health care, safety and protection measures, as well as effective legal services," emphasized Ms. Mandeep K. O'Brien, UNFPA Representative a.i. in Viet Nam at the consultative workshop on Multi-sectoral Coordination Mechanism and the Minimum Intervention Package for Domestic Violence Prevention and Control organized today in Ha Noi by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST) and the UNFPA in Viet Nam.
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27 March 2013 - Press Release

Addressing emerging challenges of fertility decline: Key to maintaining the country's sustainable development

Ha Noi, 27 March 2013 - During the past 50 years, many East Asian countries have witnessed a remarkable decline in Total Fertility Rates (TFR) from a high level of 5 or more children per woman in the period 1965-1970 to below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman in the period 2005-2010. The countries where fertility declined need to foresee the consequences and start preparing for policy response to address the challenges of fertility decline. These key findings were presented today in Ha Noi at the workshop on “Sharing International Experience in Fertility Decline", co-organized by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam.  more

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