Follow us on: 
facebook
youtube
flick
 

UNDP highlights gender inequality

Print Email

As published in Viet Nam News on 23 September, 2011

HA NOI — More efforts need to be made in ensuring gender equality across the justice sector to better protect women's rights, experts suggested at yesterday's fourth legal policy dialogue between Viet Nam and the United Nations Development Programme.

The forum gathers the international community and their Vietnamese counterparts on a quarterly basis to discuss key challenges facing the justice sector.

"Women are often poorly represented in important decision-making positions that are central to translating laws and policies into practice," UN Resident Coordinator Eamonn Murphy said in his opening remarks, citing figures revealing that less than a third of all judges in Viet Nam and only four of the 63 provincial court presidents are women.

Viet Nam passed its Gender Equality Law in 2006, which set an important foundation for including gender quality into law-making, according to Nguyen Thuy Anh, deputy chairwoman of the National Assembly's Social Affairs Committee.

However, she said that many of those implementing the law had limited understanding about gender equality. In addition, a shortage of gender equality experts and data required to include gender mainstreaming in law making had also hindered progress in the support of women's rights, she added.

According to a 2011 survey on law enforcement practices and legal support to female victims of domestic violence in Vietnam, conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), only 43 per cent of all domestic violence cases disclosed in the study (900 victims in nine provinces and cities) were reported.

Reasons for not reporting to the police included shame and embarrassment, and many of the victims thinking their cases too minor, the study found.

"This results emphasise the importance of training authorities on how to deal with domestic violence while better informing potential victims about their rights related to protection and state assistance," said Daria Hagemann, a UNODC expert.

Amarsanaa Darisuren, human rights specialist and coordinator of the United Nations Development Fund for Women for East and Southeast Asia, said that progressive laws and functioning justice systems were the foundation for gender equality, providing the means for women to demand accountability.

"When there are laws in place on domestic violence, fewer people think that violence against women is justifiable," she said. Darisuren added that countries could increase women's rights in the justice sector by implementing gender-sensitive law reforms, putting women in the frontline of law enforcement and increasing their access to courts.

Murphy stressed the importance of the justice sector in protecting women's rights as gender equality has been considered one of the eight most important Millenium Development Goals.

Click here to read the article on the Viet Nam News website.

Spotlight

myhealth-myright_en.pdf.png

WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


contest_680.jpg

Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.

 

Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


op-ed-juv-justice-390.jpg

Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


rc_ai_new_year_card_300.jpg

New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam

 

On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


WAD2016.jpg

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December

 

Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.