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To Reach Sustainable Development for All, Asia and the Pacific Must Move Faster on Gender Equality — ADB, UN Women Report

Friday, October 26, 2018

Countries in Asia and the Pacific must accelerate progress on gender equality in order to reach the ambitious and progressive global goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN Women released today at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women in Ha Noi. The report, Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific:... More

Recognizing rural Vietnamese women’s contribution to sustainable development through photography

Friday, October 12, 2018

Today an exhibition of the top 40 photographs shortlisted from over 1,000 submissions to the photo contest on Rural Women and Sustainable Development opened at Viet Nam’s Women’s Museum. The photos will be displayed from the 10 October to the 10 November 2018, and the exhibition marks the continuation of the competition held by UN Women with the support of the Australian and Canadian Embassies to recognize and promote the contribution... More

Engaging ASEAN Youth in Gender Initiatives: Empowering Change-Makers to achieve gender equality

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Today, youth representatives from ASEAN countries, together with 100 other young people from Vietnam, participated in the event “Gender Dialogues: Engaging ASEAN Youth in Gender Initiatives” at the Green One UN House in Hanoi. The event highlighted the potential for youth engagement to generate social change for gender equality and the empowerment of women at both regional and national levels. The dialogue concluded a 5-day participatory... More

Pig pens power a solution to climate change in Viet Nam

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

When Trin Gim first started her biogas digester business, she raised many eyebrows. In the little district of Ung Hoa, located south of Viet Nam’s capital, Hanoi, villagers were not accustomed to seeing a woman take the reins of a business. But eight years later, Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success, but has played a role in a larger fight in Viet Nam against the devastating impacts of climate change... More

Photo Essay: “I’m ashamed to say I hit her once, but I’ve reformed.”

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

It’s 9pm on a Wednesday night in Viet Nam’s central city of Da Nang. A group of six men are sitting around drinking beer outside a local home-based store and discussing the latest political and economic news. Meanwhile, inside, 56-year-old retiree, Vu Dinh Coi, is cleaning the house and washing the used glasses. “My wife is sleeping. She usually goes to bed very early because she suffers from insomnia. She normally wakes up around midnight and has difficulties getting back... More

New programme to boost the rights of women migrant workers in Asia and the Pacific

Monday, May 21, 2018

Huong Nguyen vividly recalled her narrow escape in Taiwan a few years back, when a stranger entered the house where she was employed as a domestic worker and assaulted her. “When he tried to rape me, I grabbed a pencil to fight him off and ran away,” said the 44-year-old, now back in her native Vietnam. The incident was traumatic enough, but other women migrant workers fare far worse. They experience high levels of abuse and exploitation directly linked to their vulnerable status and conditions of employment.. More

UN study sheds new light on discrimination against rape victims

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The majority of victims of sexual assault in Thailand and Viet Nam face serious challenges in obtaining justice, and this is in part due to discriminatory attitudes and practices which discouraged, dismissed and disempowered them at every step in the justice process; from the initial reporting to trial, a new United Nations study has found. The findings of the study 'The Trial of Rape: Understanding the Criminal Justice... More

Women's participation in decision-making key to controlling HIV spread in Viet Nam, says the co-discoverer of the virus

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

To control the spread of HIV, Viet Nam must protect the rights of affected women and have them participate in making HIV prevention and response policies and in carrying them out, say experts including the virologist who helped discover the virus. Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a member of the National Academy of Sciences in France who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for her work, joined other experts in discussing the... More

Launching Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence in Viet Nam

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Today, the United Nations in Viet Nam and Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and other related ministries launched the Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence in Viet Nam. The event brought together over 100 participants, including representatives from difference ministries, Socio-political Organizations, the UN in Viet Nam, bilateral and multilateral donors and NGOs. The Essential Services Package (ESP)... More

Viet Nam: "Delivering as One" message to end violence against women and girls

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

In response to the 16 Days of Activism Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls (25 Nov-10 Dec) and the UN Secretary-General UNiTE Campaign, UN staff in Viet Nam, led by UN Women, joined hands to deliver a strong "One UN" message to end gender-based violence in Viet Nam under this year's theme "Leaving No One Behind". Globally, one in every three... More

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