Children in SOS Village in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Expanding alternative care is part of the national target program launched by the Vietnamese Government to ensure disadvantaged children in the country are able to grow up in a family environment. The revised Child Law2016, enacted on June 1, 2017, introduced legislative support for foster care, said Vu Thi Kim Hoa, Deputy Director of the Department of Child Affairs under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MoLISA). “The revision aims to ensure the enforcement of children’s rights in accordance with the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC), and the country’s response to international efforts to reduce institutional childcare worldwide,” Hoa said. As part of its effort to implement the law, in July 2017, the Ministry signed a three-year cooperation agreement with Care for Children (CFC), a UK non-governmental organisation (NGO), to push the implementation of … [Read more...] about Vietnam joins int’l efforts to give children homes
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A view from above of Circus Circus Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada, the US where two Vietnamese tourists were found stabbed to death early this month. (Photo: AFP/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, the United States, is supporting families of two Vietnamese tourists fatally stabbed in a Las Vegas hotel to go to the US and bring the victims’ remain and ashes home, according to spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang. The Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco is working with the Ho Chi Minh City Department of External Relations and relevant agencies to support the families of the victims in obtaining necessary documents to travel to the US and to coordinate with the authorized funeral service provider to return the victims’ remains and ashes to Vietnam. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the Embassy of Vietnam in the US and the Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco to closely work … [Read more...] about Families supported to bring remains of victims in Las Vegas stab home
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) has proposed amending the law on Vietnamese workers working abroad under contracts to give trade union organisations direct participation in protecting overseas labourers. The confederation made the proposal at a workshop held in Hà Nội on April 26 on trade unions’ role in supporting Vietnamese working overseas. Speaking at the event, Mai Đức Chính, deputy head of the confederation, said that besides values created for their families and themselves, overseas workers contributed for the socio-economic developments of both sending and receiving countries. In 2017, Việt Nam had nearly 140,000 workers abroad with existing labour contracts in which female workers accounted for 39.6 per cent, exceeding the target of 28.3 per cent. It is estimated there are more than US$2 billion in remittances sent to Việt Nam annually by overseas … [Read more...] about Labour confederation wants bigger role in supporting overseas workers
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
Illustrative image (Source: laodong.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – The General Office for Population and Family Planning under the Ministry of Health on April 12 launched a Japanese-funded project to provide preventive health care services to the elderly to cope with population aging in Vietnam. The project, which has been carrying out from July 2017 to March 2020, is funded with 91,750 USD from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and over 1.4 billion VND from the Vietnamese Government. It aims to build a standard model on caring the health of the elderly in the community before multiplying it across the country, contributing to meeting the demand of long-term care for the elderly. The projects has five components, including building specific projects and plans for each year, popularising preventive medicine programmes through communications and consultations, enhancing officials’ capacity on managing and guiding the elderly on exercise to avoid falling, preparing … [Read more...] about Japanese-funded projects improves health care services to elderly