Official launch of Vietnam’s Year of the Family 2013

On March 16th, 2013, at Ly Thai To square, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in cooperation with the Vietnam Women’s Union and the Hanoi People’s Committee organized the Launch of Vietnam’s Year of the Family with the theme “Connecting Love”.

Present at the event were H.E Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, Vice Prime Minister; Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa, President of the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU); Mr. Nguyen The Thao, President of the Hanoi People’s Committee; Mr. Huynh Vinh Ai, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; leaders of ministries, sectors & banches, and organizations; representatives of the Hanoi People’s Committee, the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sport, and Tourism, the Women’s Unions of Hanoi city and the Northern provinces; representatives of international organizations in Hanoi; reporters from central and local media; and nearly 1,500 artists, students, and people from all levels of society.

In his speech, Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan confirmed the important role of Vietnamese families in terms of building, protecting, and maintaining Vietnamese culture, saying that, “maintaining and promoting the public voice, culture, and generations are dependent o­n Vietnamese families and villages. Families are the cells of society; villages are the basic structure of Vietnamese society”. He again expressed that keeping families happy and wealthy is the most desirable goal of the Communist Party and Government, and especially the Vietnam Women’s Union. He asked agencies, mass organizations, local authorities, and families to pay great attention to the family’s work.

In the happiness of Vietnam’s Year of the Family, o­n behalf of all women across the country, Mrs. Thanh Hoa, the VWUPresident thanked the Government and Party for their support of family’s work. She also expressed her desire to continuously receive increased direction and guidelines from the Party in the coming time so that there could be substantial improvement in family’s work, thereby contributing to the implementation of the Resolution of the 11th Party’s Congress as well as the Vietnam Family Development Strategy towards 2020 and vision to 2030. She confirmed, “with the approval from the Prime Minister to choose 2013 as the year of the family, this is a great opportunity for the VWU to continue with programs that will help enhance women’s role as the fire-keepers of the family”. She asked Women’s Unions at all levels to develop a plan of action for the Year of the Family 2013 and called upon all women to continue upholding the good traditions of Vietnamese families. In light of this event, Mrs. Hoa would like to see better care between men and women and children and parents, with a great focus o­n creating a healthy environment.

After the launch, they joined in a march around Hoan Kiem Lake in support of the Year of the Family. They all raised their hand for different slogans, such as “Families are in place to maintain and develop the traditional culture”, “For the happy family without violence”; “Elders are respected, children are polite, then families will be happy”; “Building prosperous, developed, and happy families”; which showed strong support from different ministries, branches, and organizations, as well people from all levels of society, towards Vietnam’s Year of the Family.

VWU International Relations Dept