• Women fight back against domestic violence

    BAC NINH — Nguyen Thi Na (not her real name), a 35-year-old resident of Tien Du District in northern Bac Ninh Province, has been the victim of domestic violence for about four years now.
  • “Single mothers’ voices” exhibition in Hanoi

    (VOV) - An exhibition entitled “Single mothers’ voices” is due to open at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi on March 7.

  • Father and son who ran family business trafficking women for sex are jailed

    A father and son who ran a family business of 'sexual slavery' by trafficking women into the UK then forcing them into prostitution have been jailed.

  • It's not just girls: Boys are now hitting puberty a year earlier, finds study

    Boys are on a faster track to puberty reaching the milestone an average year earlier than their fathers' generation, a study has found.

  • Birth of twins: Devil's will or double joy?

    The birth of twins is always an outstanding event. In old times it was seen as the "devil's will." For modern parents the birth of two children is a double joy. There are numerous twin-related myths concerning their health, character, and behavior. Are these myths backed up by studies of physicians and psychologists?

  • ABORTION SCANDAL

    I care for 8 survivors : abortionist
  • A Woman. A Prostitute. A Slave.

    Americans tend to associate “modern slavery” with illiterate girls in India or Cambodia. Yet there I was the other day, interviewing a college graduate who says she spent three years terrorized by pimps in a brothel in Midtown anhattan.
  • Online pedophiles play real games

    Children's online pornography is rapidly developing. This is a nasty business, but it brings in lots of money. Recently, a resident of Barnaul placed an Internet ad saying that he is "leasing" a twelve-year old kid from an orphanage. He was asking 50 thousand rubles a day for the service ($1,700).

  • Miss India snags crown

    HA NOI — The Miss Earth 2010 crown was placed on 20-year-old Nicole Faria's head in the beach city of Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province on Saturday night.

  • The first museum exhibition about HIV epidemic

    (CPV) – The first case of HIV was reported in Vietnam more than 20 years ago. Since then, there have been many changes in what is known about the virus, in our ability to treat the disease, and in individual and community attitudes and behaviours towards people living with HIV.

  • Excellent female speakers on HIV/AIDS

    On November 30, the final round of “National competition for Good speakers about HIV/AIDS prevention 2010” was held in Hanoi with the participation of female speakers who are about 20 years old.

  • To End Violence against Women, We Must All Join Together

    Message from Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  • New website tackles Agent Orange legacy in Vietnam

    A new website aimed at raising awareness about the continuing effects of Agent Orange/dioxin in Vietnam, and garnering support for a plan to address the health and environmental impact of the herbicides sprayed in Vietnam during the war.

  • Marriage to become prerogative of religious people only?

    It is an open secret that the Church recognizes only one form of close relationship between a man and a woman - legal marriage. A growing number of people believes nowadays that tying the knot is not a necessity at all, because two people can love each other and live together without paper formalities. Will marriage become a prerogative of religious couples only some time in the future?

  • Government launches website on religions

    Government Committee for Religious Affairs officially launched its website at http://www.btgcp.gov.vn, on September 27.
  • Joint Statement by Heads of UN Entities for the Launch of the International Year of Youth

    This year, 12 August marks a crucial date for young people and societies around the world. Today, we celebrate the launch of the International Year of Youth, under the theme Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. Twenty-five years ago, in 1985, we celebrated the first International Youth Year. The challenges for youth development that were identified during that year laid the foundation for the World Programme of Action for Youth, and its 15 priority areas still provide us with a useful guide to enhance the wellbeing of young women and men. While progress has been achieved in some of these areas, much remains to be done to ensure that all our youth become skilled, healthy and productive members of society.

  • Joint Statement by Heads of UN Entities for the Launch of the International Year of Youth

    This year, 12 August marks a crucial date for young people and societies around the world. Today, we celebrate the launch of the International Year of Youth, under the theme Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. Twenty-five years ago, in 1985, we celebrated the first International Youth Year. The challenges for youth development that were identified during that year laid the foundation for the World Programme of Action for Youth, and its 15 priority areas still provide us with a useful guide to enhance the wellbeing of young women and men. While progress has been achieved in some of these areas, much remains to be done to ensure that all our youth become skilled, healthy and productive members of society.

  • A snapshot of young people lives in rural areas: What they do and what they need

    Many of IFAD’s programmes target young people. Yet when we talk about involving “youth” in our programmes we often seem to forget that young women and men lead very different lives and have different needs.
  • Dak Lak expands Vietnamese-Ede bilingual teaching

    The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has set a target to have 15,000 pupils at 100 primary and secondary schools attend classes in both Vietnamese and Ede languages from now to 2015.
    The plan aims to not only help improve education quality for Ede ethnic pupils, but also preserve and develop the language and culture of the minority group.
  • Writing contest on domestic violence launched

    A nationwide writing contest, entitled ‘Say No to Domestic Violence’ has been launched in Hanoi in a move to raise the entire society’s awareness of a happy, progressive and equal life.
  • Workshop on the Measures of Prevention of Human Trafficking

    On the morning of 18th June 2010, in Hanoi, the Central Vietnam Women’s Union organized a workshop on developing the measures of prevention of human trafficking. Attending at the workshop were representatives from relating departments of the Ministry of Security, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, High Command of Border Guard, lecturers of Police Academy, Ha Noi National University, leaders of VWU departments and experts on gender and law.
  • Jobs created for 60,000 rural workers

    In the first half of 2010, provinces in the Mekong River Delta have generated jobs for 60,000 rural workers, including 17,000 ethnic people.

  • Female workers suffer poor conditions

    Many female labourers, particularly those working in industrial parks, suffer from low wages, overwork and inadequate living conditions, according to a survey of 34 enterprises in 10 provinces by the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour.
  • Celebrating ceremony of gratefulness to heroic martyrs

    On the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the Southern Liberation Day and National Reunification (30th April 1975-30th April 2010), Quang Tri Provincial Women’s Union celebrated a ceremony of gratefulness at the Truong Son National Martyrs Cemetery and No.9 National Road Martyrs Cemetery on 24th and 25th April respectively.
  • Projects for disabled praised

    The top 10 programmes supporting people with disabilities in Viet Nam for the last year were announced yesterday in Ha Noi as part of the "Life is Beautiful" campaign.
  • Bias blocks women’s job training

    HCM CITY — Widespread gender discrimination needs to be tackled effectively to ensure more female workers access vocational training, gain knowledge and skills and increase their competitiveness, experts say.

  • Women intellectuals--vital force in building nation

    Vietnamese Women Intellectuals in the National Industrialisation and Modernisation Process’ was high on the agenda of a workshop in Hanoi on March 16.
  • Crowds curious to see woman with 5 meter-long hair

    Around 500 people visit Hue Phuoc pagoda in Ben Tre province daily to see the elderly woman whose hair is over 5 meters long.
  • Recruiting Ethnic Minority Midwives to Meet Mothers' Needs in Remote Areas of Viet Nam

    Reducing maternal mortality is a complex undertaking, and the Northern mountains of Viet Nam, where communities of ethnic minorities live in remote villages, pose particular problems. Maternal mortality ratio in this region is 411 deaths per 100,000 live births, and most women deliver at home without skilled attendance.
  • Promoting children's rights

    HA NOI — Viet Nam has achieved impressive results in realizing children's rights since its ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 20 years ago but Government leaders and international organizations agreed at a conference in Ha Noi yesterday that challenges remained.
  • From Vision to Action – Viet Nam celebrates the 20th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Viet Nam

    Ha Noi, 23 February 2010 - Viet Nam celebrated the 20th anniversary of the country's ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at a national conference entitled “Convention on the Rights of the Child – From Vision to Action”.
  • Ailing girl inspires book-collection drive

    VietNamNet Bridge - A courageous young woman suffering from a serious kidney ailment has died leaving her dream of providing books for impoverished children unfinished.
  • Disabled little girl embroiders, paints with her feet

    VietNamNet Bridge – She has no arms but Le Thi Tham, 11, a 6th grader in the central province of Thanh Hoa has been an excellent pupil for many years. She can embroider and draw paintings as gifts for others
  • Businesswomen keep on battling

    HCM CITY — Limited access to credit, lengthy registration procedures and family responsibilities are major gender-related obstacles that stand in the way of women hoping to run their own businesses, according to a recent study.
  • UN launches new policy discussion paper to help Viet Nam respond to climate change

    What are the main climate change challenges facing Viet Nam? What policies are needed to ensure that Viet Nam continues on a path of sustainable human development? These are the main questions addressed in Viet Nam and Climate Change: A discussion paper on policies for sustainable human development which was launched today at a national climate change dialogue organized by the United Nations, the Viet Nam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Oxfam.
  • “Hanoi people are very warm” said Japanese woman painter

    For Mrs Seako Ando, a Japanese woman, Hanoi has become her second motherland. Other members in her family also consider Hanoi as their home.
  • Climate change increases gender inequality

    Including gender related issues in climate change policy is just one of the recommendations in a report released by the United Nations and Oxfam representatives at a workshop on climate change in Hanoi on Dec. 2.
  • Female NA deputies in push for gender equality

    VietNamNet Bridge - Gender equality should be made a more substantive issue, according to women deputies in the National Assembly.
  • Male and female religious followers vow to prevent HIV/AIDS

    A conference aimed at strengthening male and female religious followers’ commitments to HIV/AIDS prevention in Vietnam was held in the central city of Hue on November 22.
  • Empowering women key to combating climate change

    Climate change not only endangers lives and undermines livelihoods, but it threatens to enlarge the gaps between the rich and the poor and amplify the inequities between women and men, according to the State of World Population 2009 report launched today by the United Nations in Vietnam and the Ministry of Nature Resources and Environment (MONRE).
  • Violence against women and HIV

    Numerous studies from around the globe confirm the links between violence against women and HIV. These studies show that women living with HIV are more likely to have experienced violence, and that, women who have experienced violence are more likely to have HIV infection.
  • US company supports poor women in Mekong Delta

    The US-based Chevron company will provide US$300,000 for the Save the Children Foundation to implement a project which aims to help 500,000 poor women in the Mekong Delta to develop small businesses at home.
  • Plea for HIV/AIDS victims: Numbers in Viet Nam are expected to soar to 300,000 by next year.

    BAC NINH — Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has called upon all sections of Vietnamese society to curb discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS, which, she said, was continuing to spread.
  • ECONOMY: 'It's Smart to Invest in Girls'

    BRUSSELS - Sending more girls to school may help poor countries get out of the economic slump faster, the NGO Plan International says in a new report. Just a one percent rise in the number of girls attending secondary school boosts a country's annual per capita income growth by 0.3 percent.
  • LoretoFest aims to help disadvantaged, disabled children

    VietNamNet Bridge – The Loreto-Viet Nam Australia Programme (LVAP) is gearing up for a large open-air musical concert featuring foreign and Vietnamese artists that will raise funds for the disabled and poor children in Viet Nam.
  • Updating and sharing information about population, reproductive health and sex

    On October 16th, the Party Central Committee’s Commission on Propaganda and Training and the United Nations Population Funds held a seminar on updating and sharing information about population, reproductive health and sex to serve the population and family planning.
  • Women respond to anti-poverty call

    HAI PHONG — More than a thousand female workers attended the Global Call for Action Against Poverty by ActionAid Viet Nam held in the northern port city of Hai Phong yesterday to mark the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty which fell on Saturday.
  • Workshop to train reporters on covering domestic violence

    A training workshop on how to collect information when covering domestic violence opened on September 29 in the northern city of Hai Phong for reporters from national and local newspapers.
  • UK supports Vietnam on tackling the sexual exploitation of children

    CPV: A new multi-agency advisory taskforce working collaboratively across Vietnam and the wider region to tackle the exploitation of children is at the heart of an initiative launched today September 30 in Hanoi by the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
  • Towards a Society for All Ages

    On October 1st, 2009, 10 years after the first celebration of the International Day of Older Persons is going to be celebrated with the theme "Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages".

  • Stricter enforcement sought on child labour laws

    HCM CITY — Harsher punishments should be meted out to those who exploit children, according to Le Thi Xuan Lang, deputy chief inspector of HCM City’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (DoLISA).

  • New Initiative to Address Sexual Violence Against Girls Launched at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

    Collaboration Among Leading Public and Private Sector Organizations Formed to Bring International Attention to this Injustice
  • Sixteen prosecuted for selling children

    NAM DINH — The People’s Court of Nam Dinh Province has put 16 people on trial for allegedly selling 266 babies for foreign adoption.
  • Vietnamese in Africa

    Although there are only 10,000 Vietnamese people in Africa and most of them are now resident in Angola, they have made a great contribution to the development of their host countries in many different fields.
  • Draft law aims to give disabled a better deal

    HA NOI — Lawmakers yesterday pored over the draft law for People with Disabilities with the aim of encouraging businesses and social organisations to improve relations with disabled persons.

  • Government plans for children affected by HIV/AIDS

    Vietnam plans to spend VND 97.4 billion on a national action plan for children affected by HIV/AIDS from now until 2010 in a bid to ensure that most of them will have their needs met by 2020.
  • Hearing-impaired kids talk about sex

    Sexual and reproductive health materials for the deaf contain nothing more than male and female physiologies and hygiene and puberty. More is needed as Ta Thu Giang reports.
  • Over 10,000 walk to raise funds for poor children

    More than 5,000 people in HCM City’s district 1 participated in a charity walk on September 20 to raise funds for poor children.
  • Prevent a danger of being infected with HIV among young people

    (CPV) - Young people are an important labour force of society, and have a big impact on the development of the country and the future of the nation. Therefore, it is alarming when the trend of people infected with HIV in Vietnam is becoming younger.
  • Sixteen prosecuted for selling children

    NAM DINH — The People’s Court of Nam Dinh Province has put 16 people on trial for allegedly selling 266 babies for foreign adoption.
  • Disadvantaged children enjoyed happiness and smiles during the mid-autumn festival

    Following previous note-worthy events two years ago, GE movie night 2009 particularly for underprivileged children took place in Hanoi on September 25 and in Ho Chi Minh City on September 26.
  • Ethnic minority children in Thua Thien – Hue enjoy new kindergarten rooms

    Ta Oi and Van Kieu ethnic minority children have new kindergarten rooms built by the sweat of US veterans in partnership with Boeing Company and the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.
  • Violence against women

    The former Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dr. Yakin Ertürk, has brought her term as mandate holder to a close with a call to States to accept the challenges of accountability, implementation and compliance which would give full effect to measures prohibiting violence against women.
  • Vietnamese student wins second prize at UPU’s 2009 international letter-writing competition for young people

    A young girl from Vietnam, 13-year-old Nguyen Dac Xuan Thao, from Nguyen Hue school in the central city of Da Nang, won the second prize at UPU’s 2009 international letter-writing competition for young people, for a “beautifully structured letter.”
  • Vietnam War-era bomb kills boy, injures father

    A boy was killed and his father seriously injured Tuesday when a bomb exploded near them as they dug a pond in Ha Tinh Province.
  • Companies abuse female migrant workers

    Many factory workers forced to do extra work without extra pay - and unions often take no action.
  • Communication festival for youth clubs looking at population, family planning and HIV/AIDS combat in 2009

    A festival of communication for youth clubs examining population, family planning and HIV/AIDS combat organized by the Northern Adolescents Center under the Communist Youth Union Central Committee in Thanh Hoa province on August 29.
  • Women still lack equality at work

    Female labourers are still not treated fairly by many companies in HCM City and Dong Nai Province, even though the State has created policies to protect them, women workers and their representatives told the National Assembly’s Committee for Social Issue last week.
  • WITFOR: opportunity for Vietnam’s Information Technology

    Taking place on August 26-28 in Hanoi, WITFOR 2009 has been long awaited with opportunities to learn from management experiences and calling for cooperation, investment and support for information technology and communications in Vietnam.

  • Campaign to stem trafficking of women, children

    The women’s union of the southern province of An Giang joined with two women’s unions from Cambodia to launch an educational campaign to combat trafficking in women and children on August 12.
  • Henry Parr interviews NAELA GABR, chair of U.N. Committee on CEDAW

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 (IPS) - For the last 10 days, experts from the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) have been reviewing the status of women's rights in 11 countries.
  • Vietnamese children propose actions to tackle climate change

    More than a hundred children and young people from 21 provinces around the country took part in a two-day (August 5-6) sensitization workshop on the topic of climate change and children in Hanoi.
  • “From Crisis to Growth: Implications and Opportunities for Women”

    This was the theme of a seminar held in Hanoi on August 5 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Vietnam actress to study at top US arts school

    Film star Hong Anh will begin a three-week acting course in the US on July 15 at the invitation of the John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Acts.

  • Over VND 7.7 trillion in housing support for the poor

    Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam has announced the number of poor families who will enjoy housing support based on the Prime Minister’s Decision 167/2008/QD-TTg. Accordingly, over 480,000 poor families will be given support for housing, with a total capital of over VND 7.7 trillion.