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IMG 4942HA NOI, 27 November 2014 - Phuong, a 45-year-old woman from Thua Thien-Hue province’s Phong Dien district, was recently sent to a provincial hospital with her two arms and legs broken, and many bruises on her body.

According to a policeman, Phuong was beaten with a bamboo stick by her husband until she was unconscious. The reason for this severe violence - Phuong dared to not listen to him!

In another case of domestic violence, this time in Hai Phong last year that shocked the nation, a woman and her two daughters  were burned by her in-laws because Luyen had 'failed' to give the family a son!

Whilst cases like these might sound extreme, violence against women is far too common. According to a 2010 national study on domestic violence in Viet Nam, one-in-three of ever-married women reported their husbands had beaten them at some time in their lives.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, the UN in Viet Nam in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Security, Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour, Farmers' Union and Women's Union and other development partners have launched the national campaign “Take Action to End Violence against Women and Girls”.

As the campaign calls on the public, particularly men and boys, to take action to end all forms of violence against women and girls in Viet Nam, the country’s national U19 football team has been invited to be the representative image of the campaign. "We are very happy to collaborate with the U19 team. This team is very popular in Viet Nam. It is a good example and the dream of many Vietnamese youth and adolescents," said Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam.

A march held on 20 November attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Chairpersons of the Viet Nam Farmers' Union and Viet Nam Women's Union, Mr. Erken and more than 2,500 policemen from the Public Security Academy. " Policemen and law enforcers play such a very critical role in ending violence. Yet outside of our work, all of us here as fathers, husbands, friends, partners of women and girls, need to set a good example of equitable men, who always treat and value women equally as any other human being with full respectability of women's dignity, rights and values," said Mr. Erken.

A running competition "Inspiration of Love", which attracted more than 1,000 people in Ha Noi on 23 November, is one of 43 events to mark the campaign. Addressing the event, Mr. Erken said: "We need you to change your mindsets. Don’t just take for granted conventional ideas about what it is to be a man. We want you to see women - your mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters and sisters - as your equals. We don’t want you to be lesser men. We want you to be better men!"

So as we embark on 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls, it is time for us to take action and say "No" to gender-based violence. Let us all strive for a Viet Nam where all women and girls can live safe, and free of violence.

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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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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.



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