UN Women in Viet Nam
National planning and budgeting promote stronger institutional accountability to gender equality commitments
UN-Government Joint Programme on Gender Equality
A three-year $4.5 million joint programme with 12 UN agencies was started in March 2009 supported by the Spanish Millennium Development Goal Fund. It is implemented by three main Government Agencies Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism (MOSCT) and the General Statistics Office (GSO).
The goal is to improve the capacity of national and provincial authorities, institutions and other duty bearers to effectively implement, monitor, evaluate and report on the Law on Gender Equality and Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control. The programme will contribute to achieving Millennium Development Goal 3, which seeks to promote gender equality and empower women. The UN Women component is focused on enhancing the capacity of Government agencies and relevant civil society organizations in the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the Gender Equality Law.
Capacity development for the Department of Gender Equality/Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to mainstream gender into the development and implementation of policies and laws
UN Women is assisting the Department of Gender Equality - MOLISA the State Management agency on Gender Equality Law to strengthen its capacity to develop and implement the National Strategy on Gender Equality (NSGE) and the National Programme in 2010.
In 2011, UN Women assisted MOLISA in developing the state guidelines for line ministries and provinces for the development of Plans of Actions on Gender Equality in order to implement the National Strategy on Gender Equality and conduct trainings on the development of Plans of Actions on Gender Equality for 205 staff from the line ministries and the provincial staff.
UN Women and MOLISA partnership with Central Party on People’s mobilization, CSO, Viet Nam General Federation of Labour and CSO to organize three high level policy dialogue to promote the accountability for the implementation of the National Strategy on Gender Equality with the participation of 235 staff at the national and provincial level.
Strengthening gender mainstreaming in legislation review
UN Women is partnering with the Committee on Social Affairs and the Women’s Caucus which began in 2010 and will continue until 2015the end of the term of the National Assembly. In 2010, UN Women provided technical assistance in the process of revision of three draft laws: the Law on Tobacco Prevention, the Law on Human Trafficking and the Law on Legislation Dissemination and Education that would address gender issues.
In 2011 work continuedon reviewing gender dimensions in three different laws: the Law on Trade Union, the Law on University Education and the Law on Advertising activities. This has been a pioneering project looking at developing mechanisms to increase gender mainstreaming in the Vietnamese legislative process.
Gender and HIV
In Viet Nam UN Women and UNAIDS have jointly supported a gender analysis of the national HIV strategy. The results were used to provide gender mainstreaming inputs into the development of the new national strategy on HIV/AIDS. In 2011, UN Women and UNAIDS conducted an in-depth analysis of the National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Viet Nam on the link between domestic violence and HIV knowledge and behaviors in Viet Nam. The agencies have also jointly conducted the triangulation of existing data for measurement of intimate partner transmission from high-risk populations to their female partners.