VWU response to the situation of Vietnamese women getting married to foreigners through brokers
As an organization representing legal and legitimate rights and benefits of the Vietnamese women, VWU considers the article a violation of human rights and a serious humiliation of Vietnamese women’s dignity. VWU strongly opposes and criticizes the unjust, unconstructive, insensitive and irresponsible attitudes of the Chosun Daily and the Korean advertisements about Vietnamese brides. VWU requests the Chosun Daily to apologize to the women featured and portrayed in its printed and electronic versions, and to apologize to the Vietnamese women and people for its intended humiliation.
In the global integration context, marriage with foreigners has become normal and increasingly popular. However, besides voluntarily-based marriages, there are commercially-based ones in which women are cheated and used.
The trafficking of women and children in all forms, including foreign marriage broking, is emerging as a global symptom and an increasing trend of inter- and intra-national migration. Trafficking in women and children is viewed by the international community as a new kind of slavery, a blunt violation of human rights, forcing victims into prostitution, labour exploitation, and sexual relations through disguised marriages with foreigners.
Over recent years, the situation of Vietnamese women trafficked through foreign marriage broking develops with many complications. These women desire a better life while getting married to foreigners. But in fact, instead of a happy life in a strange land, many of them end up being harassed, beaten, humiliated and sexually exploited. VWU always considers trafficked women victims in need of protection and assistance, and all acts of illegal marriage broking as a violation of ethic codes and Vietnamese law that should be condemned and met with strict punishment.
For many years now, VWU has been a pioneer in preventing and combating trafficking in women and children, considering it a constant priority at all levels. Realizing the Government’s instructions and working with functional agencies, the Women’s Unions at all levels with local and international resources have been strongly communicating anti-trafficking issues through the mass media, training courses, conferences, workshops, communication campaigns at the hot spots and border areas; distributing anti-trafficking leaflets and handbooks; and conducting mobile courts, etc.
Between 1999 and 2005, the Women’s
However, the situation is still complicated. VWU defines its responsibility to strengthen cooperation with functional agencies and make people and women deeply aware of the negatives of foreign marriage broking, increase poverty alleviation and job creation, support women in poverty and difficult situations, stabilizing their life in their native land. VWU and the women’s organization of the destination countries are to construct anti-trafficking cooperation mechanisms on the basis of respecting and protecting women’s and children’s legitimate rights and benefits.