A campaign to end violence against the young has been launched in northern Hoa Binh province, starting the national Month of Action for Children, which runs through June.

The aim is to raise awareness and encourage people to speak out and take action on behalf of children.

“I fully support Vietnam’s wish to share its voice and join with the world to end all forms of violence against children. Let’s make a commitment to end violence so every child can grow up to in a healthy and safe environment,” implored Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen at the launch.

There is significant evidence that violence, exploitation and abuse can affect children’s physical and metal held, impairing their ability to learn and socialise as well as their transition to adulthood, with adverse consequences developing later in life.

Between 2006 and 2011, violence and abuse against approximately 5,600 children in Vietnam was reported to police.

To mark the national action month, the National Fund for Vietnamese Children presented 1 billion VND (47,000 USD) to its Hoa Binh chapter.-VNA