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Hanoi (VNA) – The Australian Government pledges to continue providing aid programmes to bolster gender equality in Vietnam.

The statement was made by Alison Keys, First Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, at a conference on gender issues in Hanoi on June 30, with the participation of experts and representatives from press agencies.

The diplomat said several aid programmes of Australia in Vietnam have helped increase the voice of women, empower women in terms of economy, and eliminate violence against women and girls.

Khuat Thu Hong, Director of the Institute for Social Development Studies, said Vietnam has been facing challenges from gender inequality, including domestic violence and the tendency for gender imbalance, especially in rural areas.

Press agencies need to understand clearly about gender issues and then have an impartial view of gender equality, she said.

Emerging gender challenges in Vietnam and the inclusion of gender issues in the Australian Government’s development projects in the country were also discussed at the event.-VNA