More than 90 delegates from 13 provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta region along with representatives from domestic and foreign organisations on October 24 gathered for a workshop in Can Tho city to discuss how to prevent gender-based violence in the region.

The event was jointly organised by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment for Women (UN Women) and the Department of Gender Equality under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.

It was held to raise public awareness of preventing and reducing violence in Vietnam, while providing references for building a future national draft on gender-based violence prevention.

This was also part of activities to contribute to implementing the target of gender equality in families in Vietnam, thus gradually realising the National Strategy on Gender Equality for the 2011-2020 period.

Participants shared their experience in reducing cases of violence in Vietnam and gave recommendations to help the ministry map out strategies and policies.

On the occasion, the ministry and authorities’ initiatives, models and projects in the field that have been implemented in the region, were also introduced to the participants.-VNA