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3/6/2019 4:46:29 PM

Safety Year for Women and Children launched in Hanoi

On March 6, in Hanoi, the event of "Safety Year for Women and Children" was launched by Vietnam Women’s Union with (VWU) technical support from UN Women with the participation of Embassies, Research Institutes, and International Non-Governmental Organizations with a large number of people in Hanoi.

March for safety of women and children. Photo: ActionAid Vietnam.

The event welcomed the participation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as well as organisations working in the area of women and children's right. It also is a valuable opportunity to mobilize all agencies, organizations, research institutes and individuals in Vietnam to join hands in the safety of Vietnamese women and children.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits a stall.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed the Vietnamese Party and State’s consistent policy of ensuring rights of people, including women and children.

The PM said legal regulations on gender equality, domestic violence prevention, health care, education, rights protection, and women empowerment have been refined.

The State has provided free health insurance for children aged below 6 while nearly all children benefited from the expanded vaccination programme, nearly all those aged 5 attended preschools, and about 90 percent of children living in difficulties enjoyed social support.

He lauded the VWU for raising public awareness of gender equality and the importance of ensuring safety for women and children in the fulfillment of sustainable development goals.

Ministries, agencies, mass organisations and localities were asked to review action plans, propose regulations and policies on social safety and welfare for children and women, seriously punish violations affecting their lives, health and dignity.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits the portable exhibition "SAFE Journey". (Photo: UN Women Viet Nam)

Kamal Malhotra, Resident Coordinator of UN emphasized this year’s message: “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change” at the event.

“The theme invites us to focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the equal power of women in shaping the national policy agenda, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure. This includes, for example, addressing the needs and priorities of women in the informal sector, ensuring their access to healthcare services, protection by the justice system as well as securing public spaces and transportation that are free from sexual harassment,” he added.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc listens to sharing of ActionAid Vietnam's studies. Photo: ActionAid Vietnam.

The exhibition, is designed as portable carts and will be taken to some public spaces in Hanoi from March 6-31. The exhibition focuses on 3 topics: Safe or unsafe; Safety helps me to and Safe journey.

At the exhibition, ActionAid Vietnam introduced the reports on "Safe cities and communities for women and girls", "Unpaid care work" and welcomed HE Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to visit and listen to the sharing of these studies.

'SAFETY FOR GIRLS = SAFETY FOR EVERYONE' is the message that Plan International Vietnam spread widely in this launching event. As a leading girls' right organisation, Plan collaborated with students from Champions of Change club, University of Communications and Transport to join the activities and actively voice up messages about equality for girls.

This year, the VWU Central Committee will take specific actions at the local and central levels such as holding communication campaigns on safety for women and children on television and radio stations, issuing publications, organising conferences and dialogues with ministries, agencies and localities, reviewing and proposing legal regulations, holding capacity training for female officers and those involved in the work.

On the occasion, two photo exhibitions on the theme were also launched together in the two cities, together with a display of safe farm produce and consultancy on health care and laws for women and children./.

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