On March 22th, at the Ministry's Head office, the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) received 2,750 dignity kits from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at the Handover ceremony dignity kits to women at risk of gender-based violence under the covid-19. Attending the ceremony were Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha; Mrs. Naomi Kitahara, Head Representative of UNFPA in Vietnam; and Leaders from Department of International Cooperation, Department of Gender equality and UNFPA in Vietnam…
The assistance aims to support women at high risk of gender-based violence in regions hardest-hit by COVID-19.
Speaking at the event, MOLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha highly appreciated the efforts of UN agencies in Vietnam, particularly the UNFPA, in joining hands with Vietnamese ministries, sectors, and organisations in the launch of activities to eliminate violence against women and girls amid COVID-19.
Due to impact of Covid-19, situation of violence against women have tended to increase. People have had many difficulties in finding jobs, income is deeply decreased, and family collision tend to increase during the time of quarantine at home, time of social distance ... Facing to that situation, Vietnam's Government had the group of quick and drastic solutions to control the pandemic, and focus on support to economic development, sustainable social security, support people and business.
The kits are hoped to help women staying in quarantine or those facing high risk of violence ensure their personal hygiene and health, making it easier to adapt to changes in living environments.
They will be promptly delivered to the northern localities of Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, and Hanoi, which have been worst-hit by the pandemic, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha affirmed.
For her part, UNFPA Chief Representative in Vietnam Naomi Kitahara said the handover is the continuation of similar activities held previously by the UNFPA, the MOLISA, and the Vietnam Farmers’ Union Central Committee. It is part of a project to support interventions aimed at wiping out violence against women and children in Vietnam in the context of COVID-19 funded by the Australian Government, Kitahara said.
At the Handover Ceremony, she called for stop violence against women and girls must be the priority for all people in order to ensure that all people participate in the process of sustainable development of the country and noone left behind.