Nearly 5,100 UNFPA dignity kits sent to women in pandemic-hit localities hinh anh 1At the hand-over ceremony of the kits (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Close to 5,100 Dignity Kits sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have been delivering to women and girls at risk of gender-based violence as a result of the COVID-19 in the three pandemic-hit areas of Bac Giang, Bac Ninh provinces, and Ho Chi Minh City.

The kits, each consisting 21 items worth 850,000 VND (37 USD), are a signature product of UNFPA's comprehensive package of humanitarian assistance in partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Governments of Australia and Japan. They aim to safeguard 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.

Their delivery is underway by chapters of the Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VFU) at different level between June 29 and July 9. A total of 2,397 kits will be distributed in Bac Giang, 1,438 in Bac Ninh, and 1,259 in HCM City.

Speaking at the handover ceremony of the kits on June 22, UNFPA Representative for Vietnam Naomi Kitahara said a Dignity Kit comprises the basic items that women and girls need to protect themselves and maintain their basic hygiene, respect, and dignity in the face of COVID-19.

Promising a prompt delivery of the kits to women in needs, VFU Vice Chairman Nguyen Xuan Dinh said the kits, especially information and knowledge on how to protect themselves from gender-based violence, are very useful for women./.