Australian-funded initiative aims to eliminate violence against women, children

Tuesday 25/05/2021 09:18

VGP - The Australian Government will sponsor AUD9.5 million (US$7.34 million) for a four-year initiative with the Vietnamese relevant agencies and the United Nations which aims to support women and children who are victims of violence.

The information was revealed by Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam Robyn Mudie during a conference held on May 24 to review a project entitled “Supporting interventions to eliminate violence against women and children in Viet Nam under COVID-19” funded by the Government of Australia in the 2020-21, and sign a new initiative on the elimination of violence against women and children in Viet Nam for the next four years.

“Over the last 12 months, all countries have learnt that a comprehensive response to the pandemic means responding to the challenges faced by women and children, and working to ensure their safety,” the ambassador said at the event.

She added that over the next four years, the programme will increase prevention strategies and response efforts to end violence against women and children.

“We hope that this long-term, practical approach will make a difference where it matters most, and that women and children will be able to seek and receive help when they need it,” Mudie noted.

The initiative will be carried out from June until July 2025. It strives to have all women and children in Viet Nam, including the vulnerable, lead a life without violence, through a number of intensive prevention strategies and multi-sectoral countermeasures.

For her part, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Viet Nam Naomi Kitahara said the programme showed a partnership between the Governments of Viet Nam and Australia and UN bodies in addressing violence against women and children in Viet Nam, which must be a top priority of all.

By Thuy Dung

Hoang Ha

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