A workshop entitled “Access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence: Gaps in policies and implementation” took place in Hanoi on December 3.

The event was jointly held by the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender-Family-Women and Adolescents (CSAGA), UN Women, CARE and OXFAM in response to 16 days of activism against gender-based violence 2014 (from November 15 to December 10) and a national campaign called “Join hands to end violence against women and girls”.

It aimed to create a dialogue between policymakers, law enforcement officials, violence victims and domestic and foreign organisations to discuss measures to promote the victims’ access to justice, said Shoko Ishikawa, UN Women Chief Representative in Vietnam .

The workshop also mentioned policies, laws and a legal assistance system for survivors of gender-based violence as well as put forth recommendations to authorized agencies and policymakers to narrow gaps in policies and implementation.

A report delivered at the event showed that 58 percent of married women experienced at least one form of domestic violence during their life and up to 87 percent did not seek any assistance from public services.-VNA