Annually, Action Month for Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence Prevention was held from November 15th to December 15th on nationwide under the Decision No. 1696/QĐ-TTg dated October 02nd, 2015 of the Prime Minister on approving the National Action Program on Gender Equality 2016-2020. This is the third year Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs is in charge of implementing Action Month.
In the opening speech, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha stressed that the Vietnamese Constitution affirmed the principle of gender equality as a strong commitment of the whole political system in promoting gender equality in Vietnam. The highlight of the implementation of gender equality in Viet Nam is the completion of the legal framework and policies on gender equality which give more opportunities for women to access and participate in all aspects of the society. Many targets of the National Strategy on Gender Equality 2011-2020 have reached the plan set right from the beginning, so far there are some targets exceeded the plan.
"Gender equality is the key to eradicating gender-based violence," the Deputy Minister said - The message used throughout Action Months of the year of 2016 and 2017 is the main orientation for the prevention violence against women and children. Many ministries, sectors and localities have coordinated with agencies and organizations to promulgate plans and carry out many propaganda, dissemination and education on gender equality law with the diversified practical kinds and objects of communication.
The implementation of the Action Month has contributed to raising awareness and changing the behavior of officials and people towards gender equality and gender-based violence prevention.
Vietnam has been recognized that was one of the countries that have made great achievements in terms of gender equality and eliminating gender gap, particularly in the fields of labour, employment, health care. The rate of female-owned enterprises reached 27.8% in 2017, the highest in Southeast Asia and ranked No. 19/54 in the index of Women Entrepreneurs Index , ranked No. 7/54 countries where many business owners are women. In particular, the proportion of women participating in the National Assembly for the 2016-2021 term is 27.2%, higher than 19% in Asia and 21% in the global average, ranked by the World Economic Forum 97/144 countries in terms of percentage of women in politics; Vietnam is one of the 10 best countries on the world in performing Goal 5 on gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls; improve the education of girls and increase the participation of women in the workforce.
Gender-based violence, particularly violence and abuse against women and girls, remains a major obstacle to the elimination of gender inequalities in Viet Nam. The Deputy Minister said that Gender-based violence not only affects the victims but also impacts and becomes a barrier to the country's socio-economic development.
An equal society is a society without violence and abuse against women and children. That goal will become a reality if all levels, sectors, the whole community commit to and take concrete practical action. Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha call for the accompany of all levels, sectors and community with the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs in the prevention and control of violence against women and children, especially girls. The Deputy Minister believes that with the efforts of all communities, gender-based violence in general and violence against women and children in particular will not be a barrier to achieving gender equality in Viet Nam.
On the occasion of the launching ceremony, Can Tho City's Departments and Offices has organized signing ceremony to response the Action month as well as gratitude for people with merits and gift for poor women and children. Many events on the sidelines of the launching ceremony will also be organized to create media effects such as flash mob dance, parade riding of 100 youth union members of Can Tho City.
Through this Action month, it is hoped that messages on gender equality, gender-based violence against women and children prevention will be spread widely to all levels of society, aiming to build a safe, equitable community for everyone.