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Portraits of Goddess

Date added: 12/17/2018
Downloads: 1576
Portraits of Goddess

Over several years, UN Women (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) has accompanied CSAGA in many women rights advocacy activities.

In 2017, we decided to incorporate the prevention of sexual violence against women and girls as one of the main contents of the 16 Days campaign to end violence against women and girls, starting from International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) to International Human Rights Day (10th December).

A key activity in 2017 was the exhibition titled "Portraits of the Goddess." Throughout this book, many portraits, stories and inner strengths of the women of different social groups, ethnic groups and countries have been brought out to the world. They have been brave enough to speak out, breaking the silence and changing their own way of life, and leaving painful experiences sinking into the past.

This book reflects the commitment of UN Women and CSAGA to a vision of "Leaving no one behind"" - where the experiences of girls and women - victims of violent forms are heard and be considered in policy development as well as response measures, to ensure that their needs are met to the fullest extent possible.

Policy recommendations to advocate for Gender equality in ethnic minority groups in Viet Nam

Date added: 02/27/2019
Downloads: 1438
Policy recommendations to advocate for Gender equality in ethnic minority groups in Viet Nam

Viet Nam is an ethnically diverse country with 54 recognized ethnic groups, of which 53 are minorities. The majority of the population (85.5 per cent) belongs to the Kinh ethnic group, and the 53 other ethnic groups in Viet Nam account for the remainder of the population and total about 13.4 million people. Many of the ethnic minority groups are concentrated in geographically remote and mountainous regions of the country. Inequalities between the Kinh ethnic group and ethnic minority groups remain wide and persistent, especially in education and training, employment and income, and health care and reproduction. The gender gap among and within ethnic minority groups also persists.

The policy brief document has been developed based on the findings from the Survey on the Socio-Economic Situation of the 53 Ethnic Minority Groups in Viet Nam (2015) and other studies on ethnic minority groups conducted recently in Viet Nam. It aims to support the process of policy development and implementation in ethnic minority areas in Viet Nam and effectively contribute to the inclusive promotion of gender equality in ethnic minority areas in line with the commitments of the Government of Viet Nam to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Making it Count: Integrating Gender into Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Date added: 10/09/2015
Downloads: 5771
Making it Count: Integrating Gender into Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

The handbook is an easy-to-use guide developed by CARE International, GIZ and UN Women in Vietnam. This guideline will help DRR practitioners, government and non-government officers to integrate gender during design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of climate change and disaster risk reduction activities. Besides listing key considerations and actions to take for addressing gender and women's empowerment in disaster preparedness and risk assessment and planning, it also looks at livelihoods, REDD+ and ecosystems, sustainable energy and waste management and water, sanitation and hygiene. This is developed through a process which harnesses resources from various organizations and field-level experience.

Ha Noi recommendations for action on gender and disaster risk reduction

Date added: 07/18/2016
Downloads: 4685
Ha Noi recommendations for action on gender and disaster risk reduction

The Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction was held between 16 and 18 May 2016, organized by UN Women and the Government of Viet Nam, in collaboration with UNISDR, UNDP, and other partners, with support from the Government of Japan. The conference brought together over 300 participants from Viet Nam and twenty-two countries across the Asia-Pacific region to identify actions to ensure implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region will be gender responsive and inclusive. The participants agreed on the following set of recommendations for action, and agree to work towards incorporating these into regional and national DRR decision making processes, including the Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of Sendai Framework that is expected to be adopted at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in November 2016, and the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific, which is expected to be endorsed by the Pacific Islands Development Forum leaders in 2016.

Guidelines for the Promotion and Implementation of Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Programme 135

Date added: 07/05/2019
Downloads: 701
Guidelines for the Promotion and Implementation of Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Programme 135

Guidelines for the Promotion and Implementation of Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Socio-Economic Development Programme for the Most Disadvantaged Communes in Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Areas (Programme 135) have been developed within the framework of the project entitled Empowerment of Ethnic Minority Women and Girls Through Gender Responsive Budgeting Policies And Programmes, as a project between the Department of Ethnic Minority Affairs of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), with financial support from Irish Aid in Viet Nam.

The Guidelines are aimed at officials working on ethnic minority affairs including the planning and implementation of Programme 135, advisers from other departments and sectors dealing with Programme 135, officials in charge of the advancement of women and gender equality, finance and budget, and gender experts. Programme 135 was selected as it has been the most successful programme in Viet Nam with regards to hunger eradication and poverty reduction for many years. The Programme has brought numerous positive impacts in terms of socio-economic development to the most disadvantaged ethnic minority areas in Viet Nam. The development of these guidelines and piloting the application of gender responsive budgeting in the Viet Nam context is essential to provide valuable lessons learned and experiences to policy makers. This is also the basis for the wider application of gender responsive budgeting in various fields.

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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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