Ho Chi Minh City Communist Youth Union and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Vietnam yesterday held a festival in response to a media campaign to end violence against women and girls
UNFPA Representative in Vietnam Arthur Erken said that it needed to change thinking of men who were key factors in the campaign because they were people who can end violence against their wives and daughters.
Men should be educated to respect their mothers, wives, daughters and sisters, she added.
UNFPA has carried out a study on economic effects of domestic violence, both in terms of financial costs to victims as well as the broader impact on national economies. The study showed that domestic violence cost 1.5 percent of the country’s GDP . Violence is likely a barrier to the country’s economic growth and a cause of poverty.