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Ha Noi: Seminar on policies to prevent violence against women and children with disabilities

  • Perform: Minh Tran ( Translated by Quang Minh)
  • 28/09/2023
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On the morning of September 28th, 2023, the Vietnam Federation on Disability, in coordination with the ACDC Institution, organized the seminar titled “Policies to prevent violence against women and children with disabilities”. The event took place within the framework of the National Congress of the Vietnam Federation on Disability, the third session – for the term 2023 – 2028.

The objective of the seminar was to consult opinions of social organizations, parental network, and government agencies on the policies to prevent violence against women and children with disabilities. This was also an opportunity for organizations working in the field of disabilities to voice their concerns and provide recommendations for amending the 2010 Law on Persons with Disabilities.

Participated in the seminar were Mr Dang Van Thanh – Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Federation on Disability, Mrs. Phan Thi Quynh Nhu – Deputy Head of Legal policies, Vietnam Women’s Union; Mrs. Mac Thi Thanh Tuyen – Project Manager of Save the Children organization in Vietnam; Mrs Nguyen Thi Lan Anh – Director of the ACDC Institute. Mr. Dinh Viet Anh – Deputy Director of the Vietnam Blind Association, along with more than 40 representatives from disability – related organizations nationwide. 

Mr Dang Van Thanh – Deputy Director of Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) emphasized in the speech: "both the VFD and ACDC were and are on the way undertaking activities, with utmost effort to support women and children with disabilities; includes many activities related to Anti-Violence. The seminar today was also among many activities showing the experience of different organizations in implementing policies against violence to women and children with disabilities. This will provide valuable recommendations for the future amendment and supplementation of the 2010 Law on Persons with Disabilities afterward."

Mrs. Phan Thi Quynh Nhu – Deputy Head of Legal policies, Vietnam Women’s Union, stated: "Supporting women with disabilities is an important mission and a prioritized activity in our Union’s work. We had carried out different activities. From the intervention of the Union, women had shifted their awareness and carried out considerable actions, responsibly contributed to social works."

With the own effort in constructing and establishing support models for women with disabilities, Mrs. Dam Viet Ha – Deputy Director of ACDC Institution had a sharing on Against Gender-based violence in women with disabilities project in 3 provinces of Quang Tri – Thua Thien Hue – Quang Nam. At the sharing session, Mrs. Dam Viet Ha had shared in detail about interventions of the project Inclusion and Independent Living for Persons with Disabilities in supporting the impaired individuals, particularly women. The project is operating in 2 parallel directions, with the people with disabilities at the centre. The first direction involves disabled individuals conducting activities such as home-visiting, counseling, engaging in dialogues with relevant sides; while the second direction includes officials from related departments, specialized organizations will assist in handling cases of gender violence; participating in discussions, as well as sharing related knowledge and measures to help individuals with disabilities against gender violence, …

According to the Government's proposal on the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control, citing the results of a 2019 study by the Institute of Family and Gender Research, 69% of children reported having been punished by their parents in various forms, such as hitting, punching, kicking, or slapping, and 31.6% of parents admitted to punishing their children through violent means. The Sustainable Development Goals for Children and Women in Vietnam 2020-2021 by UNICEF and the General Statistics Office indicated that 70% of children aged 1-14 years have experienced at least one form of psychological or physical punishment. Speaking on child violence, Ms. Doan Minh Hien, a representative of the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children's Rights, stated that child violence occurs in many places, involving various groups and is a pressing issue with a tendency to worsen and become more complex, leading to significant burdens for families, threatening the sustainable development of families, and causing substantial damage to society. Among the victims of violence, children are a particularly vulnerable group requiring special attention.

During the seminar, Ms. Lawyer Le Hai Yen, Head of the Legal Department at the ACDC Institute, shared specific experiences regarding Legal consultations for cases of violence against women and girls with disabilities. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns, and feedback on the current assistance efforts for disabled women and children.

This event was organized in collaboration with two projects: "Increased accountability to eliminate violence and discrimination against children with disabilities" (AVAC) and "Inclusion and independent living", both were implemented by ACDC.


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