Vice President: Vietnam pledges to ensure rights of children

NDO/VNA – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has reaffirmed Vietnam’s strong commitments to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the country’s Law on Children. While receiving Chief Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Youssouf Abdel-Jelil in Hanoi on August 4, Vice President Thinh asked the UNICEF to continue its support to Vietnam in preventing child abuse, protecting children from injuries, and aiding children of disadvantaged families, especially in remote, border, sea and island areas, in addition to reducing the proportion of children with disabilities and congenital heart disease. The Vice President also proposed the UNICEF share more experience in caring, protecting and supporting children, while coordinating with the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City to build a child-friendly city and expand this model to other localities. She took this occasion to thank the UNICEF for its assistance to and cooperation with Vietnam over the past four decades, thus bringing practical benefits to Vietnamese children, especially disadvantaged kids. For his part, Abdel-Jelil expressed his hoped that sound cooperative ties between Vietnam and the UNICEF would further develop in the time ahead. The official hailed the Vietnamese Government’s adoption and enforcement of the Law on Children, describing the move as a significant achievement of the country. The UNICEF is willing to support and cooperate with Vietnam to promote activities to take care of and protect children, he said. The organisation will strengthen coordination with the Ministry…... [read more]

Addressing the launch ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong emphasised that after ten years of implementing the movement “For the Future of Children” (2001-2010), children have enjoyed better healthcare, education, physical training and cultural services. However, many children living in remote areas are still facing numerous difficulties and suffer child abuse. About 4.5 million children are currently living in poor conditions and to not yet have access to healthcare, education and cultural services. Mr Trong called on local authorities and functional agencies to create suitable action plans to improve both the spiritual and material lives of all children. He also stressed the need to prevent child abuse and create the best conditions for children to enjoy better overall care. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and many other organisations and individuals presented gifts to disadvantaged children and outstanding poor students.... [read more]

Child abuse and violence have raised major public concern in recent years because many children are suffering acts of violence from their relatives, or even their parents. Parents are also very worried about violence inside and outside schools as video clips of fighting between female students, child molestation and other disturbing scenes are posted on the Internet. Nguyen Huu Hai, Head of the Department for Child Care and Protection under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) said the number of child sexual abuse cases has seen a year-on-year increase, up to 1,500 cases a year. This is unacceptable issue and degrading. According to the Ministry of Public Security, around 100 children are murdered and 800 cases of child sexual abuse and 50 cases of kidnapping and trafficking children are discovered and prosecuted every year. Since the beginning of the 2009-2010 school-year, 1,500 serious student fights inside and outside schools have been reported. Child kidnapping and trafficking have sharply increased, from 200 children in 2008 to 600 in 2009. To prevent violence and child abuse, legal and state management agencies, local administrations and cadres involved in child care and protection need to improve their leadership capacity and take more responsibility when performing their duties. This is also due to poor awareness of the importance of protecting children and the lack of a safe and friendly living environment for children. A child protection system, particularly a child protection services network, has also not been put in place. Ma Thi…... [read more]

The event was held by the National Assembly (NA) Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children. NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, who chaired the conference, affirmed that child protection and care are important tasks for the Party, State and people, primarily each family. This is the national cause of great humanitarian significance ensuring the country’s sustainable development, he said. Mr Hung highlighted some achievements in preventing child abuse and domestic violence, but said many children are still abused and unprotected. The top legislator stressed the importance of finding the causes for cases of child abuse, so that children can be properly cared for and protected. A representative from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) delivered a report on shortcomings in State management and ineffective communication and education programs, as well as the shortage of child protection services. Over the past three years, nearly 3,000 children have been reportedly abused, but in fact, the figure may be much higher. Measures taken against child abuse Joining hands to prevent child abuse National Children Forum to convey children’s messages World Vision Vietnam supports child protection Child protection needs more professionalism Ministry holds talks on child protection Children have their say at city forum... [read more]

UNICEF helps analyse children situation in locality Vietnam succeeds in reducing child mortality The three-day event, organized by The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Finance, is being attended by representatives from 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Participants will discuss the links between public finance and social policy, as well as solutions for developing human resources by improving public health care and preventing child abuse. They hope to devise measures to protect children from the impact of the economic recession, address healthcare and nutritious issues, create financial sources for social development, and integrate children’s needs into policy-making and budget planning. The delegates also exchanged opinions and shared experiences in social policy for children, aiming to effectively protect children and reduce disparities.... [read more]

Present at the opening ceremony were Nguyen Phu Trong, Chairman of the National Assembly, Ha Thi Khiet, Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Mass Mobilisation, and other Party and State leaders. Addressing the Congress, NA Chairman Trong praised the achievements obtained by young people who are striving to follow Uncle Ho’s teachings. Mr. Trong said hopes that they will study harder and become good citizens to contribute to the cause of national construction and defense aimed at making the country wealthier and stronger. The NA Chairman also urged all Party and State agencies, organisations as well as teachers and parents to show a high sense of responsibility towards further protecting and educating the children, providing them with a better environment for entertainment and study, encouraging them to get involved in social activities and preventing child abuse. They should join efforts to build up the strength of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organisation especially in remote and disadvantaged areas. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, a Cadong ethnic minority pupil at Nguyen Du Secondary School in Bac Tra My District, Central Quang Nam Province, has been recognized as an excellent pupil for seven successive years despite her disadvantaged circumstances. She said she felt excited and honoured to be one of the representatives to the Congress and she pledged to study better to deserve to be one of Uncle Ho’s Good Children, when visiting the late President’s Mausoleum. Of the 400 representatives, 10 received badges and laurel wreaths from the NA…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - More than 7,000 children and teenagers will receive training on skills of self-protection, prevention against abuse, trafficking and exploitation. That is the target of the project "Ending Violence Against Children" (EVAC), which was launched on Friday in Hà Nội by World Vision Việt Nam. The project began in the beginning of October last year and will continue until the end of September 2020 in Lục Yên and Văn Chấn districts in the northern mountainous province of Yên Bái, and Mường Chà and Tuần Giáo districts in the northern mountainous province of Điện Biên. The four-year project has a budget worth US$1.4 million funded by World Vision United States. In addition, under the project, nearly 300 households with about 1,500 parents will access proper services to take care and protect children. As many as 30,000 people in the community will be given knowledge on safe migration, on how to protect children from being abused, to report to the authorities' cases of child abuse. The work will be implemented via clubs, forums, policies advocacy events and conferences, as well as education campaigns and training courses. Trần Thu Huyền, head representative of World Vision Việt Nam, said preventing child abuse was difficult and hard work which needed participation of the entire political system. "The project is aimed at creating the safest atmosphere for the children's development," she said. Thân Thị Hà, Programme Managing Director under World Vision Việt Nam, said abuse and violence against children had been…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Strengthening psychological counseling and providing both teachers and students with necessary skills in the classroom are important measures to prevent school violence. Just some months ago, when some educators expressed their concern about escalating school violence, they faced criticism from some parents, who said educators exaggerated the problem. However, more and more experts have rung the alarm bell over school violence recently as the problem has become more and more serious. Major General Ho Sy Tien, Director of the Criminal Police, said in the press that school violence has been escalating rapidly in recent years. Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia commented that the problem was ‘complicated’ and ‘serious’. Nguyen Thi Phuc, a National Assembly’s Deputy, put the problem into discussion at the ongoing National Assembly session, emphasizing that school violence is now an evil in the society. Strengthening psychological counseling and providing both teachers and students with necessary skills in the classroom are important measures to prevent school violence. Some days ago, Quang Huy, 15, in Yen Bai province killed himself after a video clip that showed him being beaten and forced to kneel down before his friends was posted on internet. The clip showed that his friends were also on the site when he was beaten, but they did not intend to stop the fight. In October alone, a series of similar clips were posted on internet and shared by thousands of people. On October 18, netizens were shocked to see two…... [read more]

Neary 200 representatives from the Ho Chi Minh young Pioneer Organization gathered on May 23 for the 18th Quang Ngai Congress of Uncle Ho's Good Children. ​ Present at the Congress were Vice Chairman of the provincial people's Committee Le Quang Thich, Vice Chairman of the provincial Vietnamese Fatherland Front Committee Tran Hoa, representatives of departments, agencies, Education and Training department of districts and city. Speaking at the Congress, Leader of public relation board of the provincial Party Committee Bui Thi Quynh Van praised the achievements obtained by young people who are striving to follow Uncle Ho's teachings, especially 178 commended children at this Congress. Van hoped they will study harder and become good citizens to contribute to the cause of national construction and defense aimed at making the country wealthier and stronger. She also urged authorities at all levels, organizations as well as teachers and parents to show a high sense of responsibility towards further protecting and educating children, providing them with a better environment for entertainment and study, encouraging them to get involved in social activities and preventing child abuse. They should join efforts to build up the strength of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organization, especially in remote and disadvantaged areas. Excellent children are commended at the Congress The Congress commended 178 excellent children with title "Uncle Ho's Good Children" at provincial level in 2015. Minh Thien ​... [read more]

New campaign fights violence against women Ministries and the UN in Viet Nam launched a national campaign yesterday in Ha Noi asking the public - especially men - to take action to end violence against women. The initiative's timing marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the UN in Viet Nam and other development partners organised the campaign, which will host workshops, exhibitions, runs, street dances and other activities between Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 in 12 provinces and cities across the country. Huynh Vinh Ai, the deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said Viet Nam had a solid legal framework in place to address gender equality and gender-based violence. However, more needs to be done to ensure that the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control is further reinforced and implemented, he said. "Let's work together to ensure that Vietnamese men and boys 'raise hands to hold, not to hit,'" he said. The National Study on Domestic Violence Against Women, released by the General Statistics Office and the UN in Viet Nam in 2010, found that 58 per cent of married women experienced at least one form of violence - physical, mental or sexual - at some point in their lives. About 50 per cent of victims did not tell anyone about the violence they endured, and 87 per cent did not seek help from public…... [read more]




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