Viet Nam, Australia and UN agencies step up effort to protect women and children from violence

Update: 15:00 | 24/05/2021
This new project aims to achieve a goal that all women and children in Viet Nam are able to live a life free of violence through strengthened prevention strategies and multisectoral responses.

The Government of Viet Nam, Government of Australia, and the United Nations agencies of UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women have committed working together and called for more joint efforts to end violence against women and children at the Monday ceremony to close the joint project “Supporting Interventions to Eliminate Violence against Women and Children in Viet Nam under COVID 19 Emergency Context” and to sign the new joint project “Elimination of Violence against Women and Children in Viet Nam 2021-2025”.

Lễ ký kết dự án “Xóa bỏ bạo lực đối với phụ nữ và trẻ em ở Việt Nam giai đoạn 2021-2025”, ngày 24/5. (Nguồn: UN Women)
The signing ceremony of the new joint project “Elimination of Violence against Women and Children in Viet Nam 2021-2025”. (Nguồn: UN Women)

The ceremony was held by the Government of Australia and UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women in Viet Nam.

The outgoing project was implemented jointly by UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women from May 2020 to May 2021 in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Vietnam Farmer’s Union, the Viet Nam Women’s Union, CSAGA and other relevant stakeholders.

The project aimed at strengthening the national prevention and response mechanisms to address violence against women and children in the context of COVID-19.

Building on the project’s success, the Government of Australia is now providing AUD 9.5 million to support the new project “Elimination of Violence against Women and Children in Viet Nam” which will be implemented from June 2021 to July 2025.

This new project aims to achieve a goal that all women and children in Viet Nam, including those most vulnerable, are able to live a life free of violence through strengthened prevention strategies and multisectoral responses.

Speaking at the ceremony, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam Naomi Kitahara said that the new project shows a great cooperation between the Government of Australia, the Government of Viet Nam, and the UN agencies to address violence against women and children in Viet Nam.

"Ending violence against women and children should be a priority for everyone," she said. "Together, we are contribution to a Viet Nam where there is no violence against women and children, and everyone’s dignity is respected.”

Elisa Fernandez Saenz, UN Women Representative in Viet Nam said “The COVID-19 pandemic has made evident the need for available, quality essential services to provide an effective response to cases of violence against women and children. It also taught us that collaboration among all stakeholders, is needed to make a substantive difference in times of crises. As we move forward to the next 4-year project, we are offered a key opportunity to sustain our joint efforts so that capacities, resources and systems are in place to adequately respond to every case of gender-based violence and prevent new ones. UN Women is pleased to embark in this journey together”.

“Over the last 12 months, all countries have learnt that a comprehensive response to the pandemic means responding to the challenges to the facing women and children, and working to ensure their safety. Australia is pleased to be able to announce a new four year initiative worth $9.5 million Australian dollars under which we will work with Viet Nam and our UN partners, to support women and children survivors of violence. Over the next four years, the program will strengthen prevention strategies and multisectoral response efforts to end violence against women and children (EVAWC). This program will work to strengthen systems that respond to violence and provide support to survivors. We hope that this long-term, practical approach will make a difference where it matters most and that women and children will be able to seek and receive help when they need it.” (Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam Robyn Mudie)
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