23 August 2012 - Media Advisory
Multiple media outlets reported on 23 August that a new collaboration on capacity support for the government officials in the implementation of the Vietnamese Youth Development Strategy was signed on 22 August at an official ceremony attended by representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), the Committee for Culture, Education, Youth, Adolescent and Children of the National Assembly (CCEYAC), the Youth Union (YU), other line ministries, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam and the media. "We hope this project, through multi-sectoral coordination, will play a key role in creating a supportive policy environment; ensuring that policies and programmes are evidence-based; providing capacity support for addressing young people's needs multi-sectorally; and fostering young people's leadership and participation," said Ms. Mandeep K. O'Brien, UNFPA Representative a.i. in Viet Nam. It was also emphasized that this project will play a key role in addressing young people’s needs on sexual and reproductive health and prevention of HIV and gender-based violence.
11 March 2011 - Media Advisory
11 March 2011
- Tuoi Tre weekly (Young People) reported on 11 March an interview with Mr Bruce Campbell, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam on gender-based violence issue in Viet Nam. Although domestic violence is widespread, the problem is very much hidden. “Besides the stigma and shame causing women to remain silent, many women think that violence in relationships is ‘normal’ and that women should tolerate and endure what is happening to them for the sake of family harmony” stressed Campbell. The United Nations Country Team in Viet Nam is working at the central level through the UN-Government Gender Programme Coordination Group to support development and implementation of a protective legal framework for survivors of gender-based violence. This will help to ensure the long-term sustainability of community-based efforts to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors. “By working ‘as One’ on the challenge of gender-based violence, the UN has been able to analyze the issue from different angles and ensure a multisectoral approach. In addition, working jointly helps the UN to achieve shared goals, avoid duplication and build on the strengths and’ experiences of each organization,” said Campbell. Combating gender-based violence, promoting gender equality, and enhancing women’s empowerment have to be integrated into Viet Nam’s socio-economic development goals and agendas. “By doing so, many Vietnamese women could break the silence, stand up for their rights, and live a life free of violence,” concluded Campbell.
11 March 2011 - Media Advisory
11 March 2011
- Domestic violence is rife in Vietnamese society, and experts say traditional inequalities could be exacerbating the problem. Speaking at the Policy Dialogue on Gender Equality organised in Ha Noi on March 9th by the United Nations and the Vietnamese government to discuss remaining challenges on gender equality and women’s empowerment, Bruce Campbell, representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam, said: “cultural and traditional norms of many countries in Southeast Asia…don’t change quickly.” “Women are still not valued equally as boys - for example, the sex ratio at birth shows a strong indication for son preference [in the country].” The country’s national average sex ratio at birth is 110.6 males per 100 females, compared with a biologically standard figure of 105, according to UNFPA. “So as long as those kinds of traditions of inequality are in place, this challenge [of addressing gender-based violence] will take time to overcome,” Campbell told Thanh Nien Weekly over the phone.
12 August 2010 - Media Advisory
VN Media, Gia Dinh Va Xa Hoi, and Hoa Nhip Tim
featured on 12-14 August Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director, on the occasion of the International Day of Youth. “While many people say that youth are the future, it is time to embrace their leadership today. Young people are natural leaders”, stated Obaid while highlighti...
10 August 2010 - Media Advisory
Several media outlets
reported on 10-12 August that the National Committee of Vietnamese Youth in collaboration with the Central Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and UNFPA jointly organized a workshop on youth policies on the eve of the International Day of Youth. Attending the event, which launched the International Year of Y...
09 August 2010 - Media Advisory
reported on 9 August that with the skewed boy-girl ratio at birth in recent years, there may be a surplus of three millions of men in 20 years time. Vietnam is a traditional and Confucian society with a strong predilection for boys over girls. Figures from Vietnam Population and Family Planning Department indicate that SRB in 2009 ...
28 July 2010 - Media Advisory
Gia dinh va Xa hoi (Family and Society)
reported on 28 July that Viet Nam needs to take action immediately to prevent the Sex Ratio at Birth imbalance. According to UNFPA, Viet Nam is moving in the right direction. However, more comprehensive behavior-change communications could be carried out involving mass media, civil society and h...
22 July 2010 - Media Advisory
Multiple media outlets
reported on 21-22 July that Viet Nam’s population is entering a period of ‘demographic bonus’, in which the number of people of working age is larger than that of the dependents. The national census data, which was officially released on 21 July, indicated that by 2009, the number of youths aged unde...