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Seminar of Announcing Results from the Survey on Implementing Competence of the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention (Aug 16, 2011)

On 17th December 2009, in Hanoi, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) organized the Seminar: "Announcing results from the survey on implementing competence of the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention". The Seminar was aimed to announce the results from the survey on implementing competence of the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention of 15 central ministries/ branches, 5 provinces/ cities (Ha Noi, Ha Nam, Thai Binh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai) and some civil and non-government organizations.

The survey is within the frame of Cooperative program between Vietnam Government and UNIFEM, assessed by thea Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs and Institute for Family and Gender Studies (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences) in October and November 2009. Assessment includes competence of implementing, assessing and reporting two Laws on Gender Equality and Domestic Violence Prevention.

Participants to the Seminar were from ministries, central branches; experts of UNIFEM's international consultancy teams; experts of Institute for Family and Gender Studies; delegates from five surveyed provinces and cities and representatives of domestic and foreign non-government organizations like Oxfam (Belgium), Unicef, Research Center for Gender and Development...

At the beginning of the Seminar, representative of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs and UNIFEM introduced the Cooperative Program between Vietnam Government and UNIFEM on Gender equality. After that, representatives of International consultancy team and Institute for Family and Gender Studies presented background of the tasks, objectives and approach of this survey.

At the Seminar, representative of International consultancy team presented major findings and limitations related to central competence (including organizing structure, leading role, awareness and explaining responsibility) and implementing competence (including implementation, supervision, assessment and reporting). Consultancy team made some recommendations to promote competence and remove barriers as well as the lack of instructions for implementing two Laws, establishing cooperation between branches/ ministry, supporting program of national targets regarding these two Laws, designing supervising and assessing frames parallel with proposing action plans for each law. Consultancy team thought that there should be solutions to narrow the gap in organizing competence from central to local levels, in which Ministries in charge like Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism need to pioneer in implementing these two laws. The team recommended focusing on innovation process and building progressive symbol.

On contributing ideas at the Seminar, representative of the Research Center for Gender and Development thought that the report prepared by experts reflected implementing competence of the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention properly and in details. However, the report just mentioned limitations in implementing two laws, while it had not stated achievements in activities of gender equality and domestic violence prevention. Representative of Unicef said that domestic violence prevention was a difficult issue, so it was important to identify clearly competences that organizations were lack of in implementing process.

On closing the Seminar, representative of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs confirmed achievements obtained during the implementation of the two laws by ministries, branches, institutions and organizations at central and local levels. These preliminary results will promote the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention to come into effect in life.

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