A UN Women delegation led by its President of Executive Board Gonzalo Koncke Pizzorno shared experience in promoting gender equality with the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) of the central city of Da Nang at a meeting on December 10.

Gonzalo Koncke Pizzorno praised the VWU Da Nang chapter for what it has done to reduce incidence of domestic violence and improve gender equality.

Both sides reviewed the progress of the Vietnam component of a project on applying technical tools, evidence and community involvement to promoting law enforcement and support services to women victims of violence in Southeast Asia from 2013-2015. The component is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development and the UN Women via the Spanish non-governmental organisation for peace and development (PyD).

Le Thi My Hanh, Vice Chairwoman of the municipal VWU, informed the guests of the union’s activities in the field over the past time, including organising training courses, festivals and forums highlighting gender equality issues.

The city has so far recorded no case of trafficking women across the border and a significant reduction in violence against women, she said.

Last year, the union helped nearly 8,500 women out of poverty, using over 23 billion VND (1.1 million USD) for the cause.

While in Da Nang, the delegation also met senior officials of the provincial People’s Committee and joined an exchange with a club of happy families in Hai Chau district.-VNA