The handover ceremony, held in Hanoi on March 22, 2021. (Photo: UNFPA Vietnam)
These sets will be sent to the Hai Duong Provincial Fatherland Front, Dong Anh district’s health centre in Hanoi city, and the Quang Ninh Provincial social work centre.
This follows UNFPA’s previous handovers of dignity kits to MOLISA to mitigate negative consequences of COVID-19 for women at risk of GBV in floods-affected provinces in Vietnam. Up to now, 16,246 women at risk of violence have received the Dignity Kits.
The Dignity Kit is a signature feature of UNFPA’s comprehensive package of humanitarian assistance to safeguard the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls, mitigate the risk of gender-based violence, and protect the dignity of women and girls adversely affected by a crisis.
“UNFPA is calling on the Government and partners to prioritize sexual and reproductive health of women and girls, address high risks of gender-based violence, and respond urgently to their special needs,” said Ms. Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA Representative in Vietnam at the handover ceremony.
“Supporting people affected by humanitarian crises is not only the right thing but also the wise thing to do to save lives and build resilience to avoid COVID-19 from cycling back to the vulnerable people and communities around the globe. Frontline health workers must also be protected from COVID-19 and be provided with personal protective equipment to treat infected patients and continue to provide essential services,” added Ms. Kitahara.