Feature Stories

22 October 2014 - Feature Story

Towards a modern Viet Nam where a preference for sons is a thing of the past

HA NOI, 22 October 2014 – A cycle parade and a closing ceremony of the first-ever national campaign to address the Sex Ratio at Birth imbalance was held in Ha Noi on 21 October by the UNFPA in Viet Nam and the General Office for Population and Family Planning (GOPFP). more

10 October 2014 - Feature Story

Story of a Girl Child

HA NOI, 10 October 2014 – "When I was inside your womb, I felt your care and love given to me each day.
When you discovered I was not the son you and Dad had dreamed of,
You suffered shame and ridicule from relatives and neighbours in the village.
I realized your pain in having to decide to have a son or a daughter;
One day, you intended to leave me. But finally, you and Dad decided to let me live and grow.
I promised myself that I would always love, respect and reciprocate your and Dad's care and love for me..."
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01 October 2014 - Feature Story

Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All

BEN TRE CITY, 1 October 2014 - Population ageing is one of the most significant trends and features of the 21st century, which can no longer be ignored. Today, almost 1 in 10 people are over 60 years of age. It is projected to increase to 1 in 5 and people aged over 60 will outnumber children aged 0-14 by 2050 around the world. more
28 September 2014 - Feature Story

Meeting and March "Join hands to address the Sex Ratio at Birth Imbalance"

HA NOI, 28 September 2014 - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam attended the meeting and march "Join hand to address sex ratio at birth imbalance" co-organized this morning by the UNFPA and the Viet Nam Farmers' Union (VFU) in Ha Noi. more
24 September 2014 - Feature Story

Policy Dialogue with Vietnamese Young People on Sexual and Reproductive Health

HA NOI, 24 September 2014 - Viet Nam is currently in the period of golden population with record numbers of young people. According to the 2009 Population and Housing Census, young people aged 10 to 30 years constitute approximately 40 per cent of the population of Viet Nam. Young people have played a significant role in Viet Nam’s growth and they represent an increasingly important proportion of the labour force, both now and into the future. Therefore, investing in the education and health, including sexual and reproductive health, of adolescents and young people is of utmost importance to Viet Nam’s productivity and development in the future. more
23 September 2014 - Feature Story

Launch of the National Campaign "Join hands to address the Sex Ratio at Birth imbalance"

HA NOI, 23 September 2014 – On the occasion of the International Day for the Girl Child (11 October), the General Office for Population and Family Planning in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam launches a national campaign on “Join hands to address the Sex Ratio at Birth imbalance”. more
27 August 2014 - Feature Story

Workshop on the Implementation of Laws and Policies on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Vietnamese Adolescents and Youth

Ha Noi, 27 August 2014 - Viet Nam is currently in the period of golden population with record numbers of young people. According to the 2009 Population and Housing Census, young people aged 10 to 30 years constitute approximately 40 per cent of the population of Viet Nam. Young people have played a significant role in Viet Nam's growth and they represent an increasingly important proportion of the labour force, both now and into the future. The issues related to their health and wellbeing, and especially sexual and reproductive health, are therefore of utmost importance to Viet Nam's productivity and development in the future. 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
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

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Latest publications

  • Income security for older persons in Viet Nam: Social Pensions
    Viet Nam's record on economic growth and poverty reduction over the last two decades has been remarkable. However, between 2010 and 2012, income increased for most age groups except for those between 65 and 80 years. This policy brief, a new publication between the UNFPA and ILO in Viet Nam, provides data on social pensions for older persons Viet Nam in recent years. It also provides recommendations to the Government of Viet Nam to improve the outcomes of social protection policies for old age.

  • Ethnic groups in Viet Nam
    The booklet analyses various indicators including age profiles, sex and marriage patterns; total fertility and mortality rates; levels of educational attainment and technical training, each by ethnicity withdrawing from publications generated from the 2009 Viet Nam Population and Housing Census, including the Completed Results, Major Findings1 and a series of the 2009 census monographs. Other indicators have been aggregated and calculated from the original data.

  • Youth Law and the Vietnamese Youth Development Strategy 2011-2020
    The Youth Law was promulgated by the National Assembly in 2005 and taken effect from 1st July 2006. This booklet was published by the Ministry of Home Affairs in coordination with other line agencies and UNFPA to introduce the Youth Law and the Vietnamese Youth Development Strategy 2011-2020.