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From "City of Peace" to Safe Cities for Women and Girls

Friday, March 8, 2019

Twenty years ago, Hanoi was awarded the UNESCO City for Peace prize. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, now is a good time to look at what a peaceful city means today, in particular for women and girls, and at the many initiatives under way to ensure safety, inclusion and access for all. Last week, as Hanoi hosted a much-heralded summit between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)... More

When more women work, economies grow: European Union and UN Women partner to boost women’s economic rights and opportunities in Asia

Friday, March 8, 2019

The European Union and UN Women jointly launched today a 3-year WeEmpower Asia programme to encourage the private sector to expand economic participation and business opportunities for women in seven Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Funded by the EU, UN Women will implement the €8 million programme aiming to integrate gender concerns into business practices in the region. WeEmpower Asia will promote dialogue among women’s groups and the public and private sector so as to enable a business environment that empowers women; provide skills training... More

For a violence-free education environment

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Ministry of Education and Training, ChildFund Vietnam and UN Women have introduced the "Connect with Respect” toolkit. The toolkit was adjusted to the context of Viet Nam and will be piloted in secondary schools. The toolkit has been compiled based on scientific research and experience from many programs across various countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with the objective of supporting secondary school teachers to prevent gender-based violence in schools, through interactive activities and lessons... More

#HearMeToo: United for advocacy and concrete interventions in Viet Nam

Friday, January 18, 2019

In November and December 2018, the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and girls took cities across Viet Nam by storm—an orange storm demonstrating solidarity, provoking thought and inspiring action. Throughout the activities—which ranged from awareness-raising to advocacy, from online campaigns to youth engagement—solidarity and partnership were identified as the key elements to achieve results and act for an end to gender-based... More

Speak Up for Gender Equality: Because Gender Equality is not an individual’s issue

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

This morning in Hanoi, "Speak Up for Gender Equality” was organized by UN Women, the Embassies of Canada, Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland, Vietnam Women's Museum, VVC - National Volunteer Center, Plan International Vietnam, TRAMOC at United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi). The event began with “The journey for Gender Equality”... More

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

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