HÀ NỘI — A national forum titled ‘Engaging Men and Boys in the Promotion of Gender Equality and the Elimination of Gender-based Violence’ was held in Hà Nội on Tuesday with 200 delegates participating both online and in-person.
The forum was held by UN Women in Việt Nam, the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS), and the Network for the Prevention of and Response to Gender Violence (GBVNet), with financial support from the Australian government.
It offered an opportunity for organisations, groups and men's clubs in Việt Nam to introduce and share lessons, experiences and challenges in mobilising the participation of men in promoting gender equality as well as preventing and responding to violence against women and children.
Delegates at the forum agreed to establish a network of men and boys participating in the promotion of gender equality and the elimination of gender-based violence in Việt Nam.
In his address, UN Resident Coordinator in Việt Nam Kamal Malhotra expressed his appreciation for the initiative.
“With the active participation of men and women, I believe the process of achieving the gender equality goals in the Sustainable Development Agenda to 2030 will be accelerated in Viet Nam. Because everyone has to promote gender equality, for everyone's benefit,” he said.
ISDS Deputy Director Trần Kiên said many Vietnamese men have realised that to avoid being left behind in the new era they must participate more in promoting gender equality and sharing opportunities with women.
This lies behind the establishment of a network of men and boys participating in the promotion of gender equality and the elimination of gender-based violence, Kiên added.
Elisa Fernandez Saenz, Country Representative of UN Women in Việt Nam, spoke highly of the success of men's clubs in Đà Nẵng and HCM City and welcomed the initiative to set up the network.
She expressed a belief that the network will spread positive attitudes about masculinity, change rigid gender norms and help men ease the pressure caused by these norms and engage them in activities to promote gender equality and combat gender-based violence in Việt Nam. — VNS
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