A conference was held in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on May 28-29 to examine the outcomes of a project to ‘promote gender equality and reduce domestic violence’ funded by Nordic Assistance to Vietnam (NAV).

The project has been be rolled out across the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri and Da Nang and the northern city of Hai Phong to help reach national goals on gender equality and the advancement of women, which will help with the country’s socio-economic development.

Since 2007, the project has helped Quang Dien district and Huong Thuy town in Thua Thien-Hue province to set up a number of women’s clubs to combat domestic violence and deal with the issues that cause domestic violence.

Margareta Koltai, NAV’s Chief Representative in Hue , said that with assistance from the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Chapter in Thua Thien-Hue and several state agencies, the project has helped to significantly reduce the numbers of cases of domestic violence .

In recent years, Vietnam has been drawing up a law on gender equality which is almost completed and the country is on the list of nations that have recorded the best outcomes in gender equality in Southeast Asia-VNA