The launch of a "safe city for women and girls" programme at a school in Hanoi's Long Bien district in November 2015 (Photo: dantri.com.vn) 

Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has given the nod to a project on gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and control for 2016-2020 with a vision towards 2030, prioritising sectors and localities experiencing the prevalence of or facing high risks of GBV.

The project aims to raise awareness, capacity and responsibility of all-level authorities, agencies and organisations concerned, and the community in the struggle against GBV, with attention paid to vulnerable groups and those likely to commit violence.

By 2020, it is expected all GVB victims will be detected and receive timely support.

The project targets the completion of mechanisms and policies on GBV prevention and control by 2030 in order to increase law enforcement and ensure that GBV prevention and control services are rolled out nationwide, gearing towards a safe, equal and violence-free environment.

Of note, a model of cities that are safe and friendly towards women and girls will be launched in a bid to ensure public safety.

National statistics show that 58 percent of married women have experienced at least one form of domestic violence in their lifetime, while 87 percent did not seek any assistance from authorities or public services.-VNA