Vietnam Farmers’ Union received 6,903 dignity kits for female farmer members in 5 Central flood-affected provinces
Handover Ceremony on Dignity kits for female farmer members
The ceremony was co-chaired by Mr. Thao Xuan Sung - Member of CPV Central Committee, Secretary of the Designated Representation, Chairman of Central Committee of Vietnam Farmers' Union (VNFU) and Ms. Naomi Kitahara - Chief Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam.
This event is to follow closely the earlier handover ceremony held by VNFU and UNFPA on emergency aid kits to farmer members of VNFU in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The emergency aid kit is a signature product of UNFPA's comprehensive package of humanitarian assistance with an aim to protect sexual and reproductive health as well as the rights of women and girls, mitigate the risk of gender-based violence, respond and protect the dignity of women and girls adversely affected by the crisis situation.
Up to date, 12,474 women in eight provinces have received emergency kits from UNFPA. The supply of emergency aid kits was made possible by financial contributions from the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund.
Mr. Thao Xuan Sung - Chairman of Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VNFU) and Ms. Naomi Kitahara - Chief Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam
co-signed the Handover agreement
Having spoken at the handover ceremony, Chairman Thao Xuan Sung highly appreciated the cooperation, support and close coordination between UNFPA and VNFU in the areas of population, reproductive health care, gender equality, prevention of violence against Vietnamese women and girls in recent years.
Chairman Thao Xuan Sung expressed his sincere thanks to UNFPA for the effective cooperation and assistance to women and girls in flood-affected provinces in the central region. That is a great motivation for the women of the Central provinces to overcome difficulties and stabilize their lives.
The country’s central coastal region has suffered unprecedented flooding from prolonged downpours and successive typhoon since early October, resulting in 200 recorded deaths so far and displacing thousands of people. At least 5.5 million people in this region have been affected, including an estimated 1,343,162 women of reproductive age with 92,075 of them pregnant.
According to UNFPA experts' assessment reports, floods and landslides have severely hit hard health facilities, disrupted public health programmes such as: , antenatal, childbirth, post-natal care and family planning services. Women and girls are unable to access basic health care services, including sexual and reproductive health.
The natural disasters have forced women and girls to displacement in evacuation areas without having the time to pack essentials supplies. As a result, they are unable to manage their hygiene properly and lack access to basic utensils.
In addition, they also encounter many difficulties in using clean water, washing, drying clothes and toiletries, as well as disposing used materials.
Many poor women remain unemployed both during and after the floods. Women can also suffer from domestic violence and are subject to harassment when taking shelter at community centers. These problems and vulnerabilities interrupt women’s mitigation efforts and adaptation capacities in disaster risk reduction.
At the handover ceremony, Ms. Naomi Kitahara, Chief Representative of UNFPA in Vietnam said that: “Preserving dignity is essential to maintain self-esteem and confidence - two essential factors to cope with stressful situations or even humanitarian crises. The Dignity kit includes the basic items that women and girls need to use to protect themselves and maintain their personal hygiene, self-esteem and dignity in the face of crisis.
According to the National Study on Violence against Women in Vietnam in 2019, nearly 2 in 3 married women (nearly 63%) have experienced one or more forms of physical, sexual, emotional and economic violence, behavior control by husbands, and nearly 32% have experienced violence in the past 12 months.
About 48% of women did not tell anyone about the violence they endured, and 90.4% did not seek any assistance from public services. The overall productivity loss caused by violence against women was estimated at 1.81% of GDP in 2018.
UNFPA is a United Nations agency working in the area of sexual and reproductive health. UNFPA’s mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every adolescent potential is fulfilled.
On this occasion, Chairman Thao Xuan Sung presented Certificate of Merit from the Central Committee of Vietnam Farmers’ Union to UNFPA in Vietnam for accompanying with VNFU in supporting members and farmers in the Central region to prevent Covid-19 epidemic and overcome consequences of storms and floods.
At the handover ceremony, VNFU’s Chairman Thao Xuan Sung also presented the memorial “Medal for the Vietnamese peasantry" to Ms. Naomi Kitahara - UNFPA Representative in Vietnam.