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Socio-Economic Impacts of WTO Accession on Rural Women

Date added: 11/09/2009
Downloads: 17777
Socio-Economic Impacts of WTO Accession on Rural Women Qualitative Research in Hai Duong and Dong Thap


Viet Nam’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2007 has brought with it an increase in both opportunities and challenges for women and gender equality. The impacts of trade liberalization policies affect men and women differently due to the differential access to and control of economic and social resources, and decision-making, as well as differences in gender roles, especially the gendered division of labour. As such, women may find an increase in employment opportunities, or may suffer increased unemployment with the restructuring of the labour market. Even where new employment opportunities exist, it is critical to address the quality of that employment, and the impacts on other areas such as the provision of childcare and household gender relations. Economic integration has the potential to advance as well as constrain women’s empowerment and gender equality in the family,community and workplace.

Estimating the costs of domestic violence against women in Viet Nam

Date added: 01/17/2013
Downloads: 9782
Estimating the costs of domestic violence against women in Viet Nam

The overall aim of this research is to provide reliable estimate of the economic costs of domestic violence in Viet Nam. Data show that the economic repercussions of intimate partner violence that can be felt at both the household and macro-economic level. Women and families that experience domestic violence, for instance, incur costs when they access services such as medical treatment, and legal and counseling support. They also experience lost earnings due to their lower productivity and missing out on work as a result of the violence they face.

As a result of this research, a critical mass of information and specialized knowledge on the costing of domestic violence in Viet Nam has been provided to the Government and other relevant stakeholders currently advocating for a multi-sectoral coordination mechanism to be put in place to ensure domestic violence cases are better prevented and addressed when they occur.

Reflecting on Gender Equality and Human Rights in Evaluation

Date added: 04/01/2013
Downloads: 8442
Reflecting on Gender Equality and Human Rights in Evaluation


This evaluation publication consists of four articles depicting current challenges and approaches to incorporate gender equality and human rights perspective into evaluations. The articles are written by UN Women bursary recipients for 2011 Sri Lankan Evaluation Association International Conference.

Summary of key findings of the National Report on Social Protection for women and girls in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/31/2014
Downloads: 8077
Summary of key findings of the National Report on Social Protection for women and girls in Viet Nam


This summary of key findings of the National Report on Social Protection for women and girls in Viet Nam spotlights a review and analysis of the current social security policies for women and girls in Viet Nam and a review of the real status of status of women and girls' access to social security.

Access to Justice in the Plural Legal System in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/30/2015
Downloads: 7464
Access to Justice in the Plural Legal System in Viet Nam

This report is a study initiated within the framework of a regional study on women’s access to justice through plural legal systems. The regional study is conducted through UN Women’s regional programme on “Improving Women’s Human Rights in Southeast Asia – CEDAW, Phase II” with the support from the Government of Canada. In Viet Nam, the Institute of Sociology, a State organization part of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, worked with the UN Women country office in Viet Nam to conduct this study on “women’s access to justice in the plural legal system in Viet Nam from the CEDAW perspective to promote policies, focusing on domestic violence”. This study analyzes the relationship between formal and informal legal systems and identifies factors preventing women from accessing justice. It also determines specific demands and steps to address barriers in the plural legal system and increase women’s access to justice.

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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.


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


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.


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


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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