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Symphony concert “Girls deserve to shine” held in Hà Nội

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Thào Xuân Sùng (centre), chairman of the Việt Nam Farmers’ Association, gives flowers to the artists after the performance. — Photo courtesy of the UNFPA

HÀ NỘI — The first-ever concert “Girls Deserve to Shine”, which features promising and outstanding Vietnamese young female soloists, was organised on Friday night.

The symphony was held at the Hà Nội Opera House by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST) and the Việt Nam National Symphony Orchestra.

The concert was part of the national action month on gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls and 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Addressing the concert, Trịnh Thị Thủy, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism said: “With the pervasive power of art, with the sublimation of the emotions from the music, let’s work together towards better things. Let’s join hands to eliminate backward thinking and prejudice. Let’s change perceptions and behaviours to eliminate domestic violence, discrimination between boys and girls, and inequality between women and men.”

“The home, which should be a place of love, comfort, and security, does not necessarily seem to be, for too many Vietnamese women – and for their children – a safe place to be,” she said. 

The 2019 National Study on Violence against Women, which was conducted by the Government of Việt Nam with financial and technical support from UNFPA and the Government of Australia, shows that nearly two in three women (62.9 per cent) experienced one or more forms of physical, sexual, emotional, and economic violence and controlling behaviours by their husbands in their lifetime.

Besides, the unbalanced sex ratio at birth was first identified in Việt Nam in 2004, and since 2005, it has rapidly increased and reached 111.5 male births for every 100 female births in 2019 as indicated in the 2019 Population and Housing Census, against the biologically natural or normal sex ratios between 105 and 106. 

Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA Representative in Việt Nam, said: “The underlying cause of all these is gender-inequality and under-valuing of girls and women, so tonight, we are gathered here for solidarity to appreciate the value of the girl child, as equal as to boys. Let the power of music brings us together. Each one of us has a unique role and a shared responsibility to address issues that affect us all towards inclusive, equitable and sustainable development in Việt Nam.” —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/816222/symphony-concert-girls-deserve-to-shine-held-in-ha-noi.html

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Vietnam supports UNMISS’s activities: Ambassador

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has played an important role in promoting political and security progress in South Sudan in the past time, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, has said.

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Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN (Photo: VNA)

At the UN Security Council’s virtual conference with countries joining the UNMISS’ activities on March 2, Quy laid stress on Vietnam’s positive contribution to the UN’s peace keeping activities in the African nation with the implementation of the level-2 field hospital, affirming Vietnam will continue support for the UNMISS’s activities in the coming time.

He expressed his hope that the UNMISS’s activities will suit the changes in South Sudan, including enhancing assistance to the transitional process in the nation as well as improving efficiency of civilians’ protection work.

At the same time, Quy emphasized the significance of ensuring safety for UNMISS forces in the context of COVID-19 as well as favourable conditions for women to join the UNMISS.

The virtual conference was attended by Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for South Sudan and Head of the UNMISS David Shearer. Participants listened to a report from David Shearer, and discussed UNMISS’s operation in the past 12 months.

The UNMISS was established in 2011, and its mandate is extended every year. Its objective is to consolidate peace and security, and help establish conditions for development in South Sudan, with a view to strengthening the capacity of the Government of South Sudan to govern effectively and democratically and establish good relations with its neighbours.

Vietnam officially engaged in the UN’s peace keeping activities and sent representative to the UNMISS in 2014. Currently, the country is running the second level-2 field hospital in Bentiu with 63 staff members, including 10 women. It is preparing to dispatch the third level-2 field hospital to the nation at the end of this month./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/vietnam-world/vietnam-supports-unmiss-s-activities-ambassador-716875.html

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Hanoi’s Covid-19 fight leaves street food vendors in the lurch

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The latest Covid-19 outbreak has left Hanoi’s street food workers high and dry as the city has allowed restaurants and coffee shops to open again, but not street food stalls.

Nguyen Thi Nhung, 39, decided to stay back in Hanoi instead of returning to her hometown for the Lunar New Year holidays (Tet) because she hoped to open her tea stall soon after the national break.

But two weeks after the holiday ended, her hopes have been dashed as the tea stall remains banned from opening.

Beginning Tuesday, indoor coffee shops in the capital city have been allowed to welcome their patrons, but outdoor ones like Nhung’s tea stall, closed since February 16, will remain closed until further notice.

“It is like an everlasting earthquake shaking my livelihood, but I have no choice but to cling to whatever I have and wait,” Nhung said.

Suffering Nhung’s fate are thousands of street food vendors in the capital city, mostly low-income residents. The Covid-19 pandemic has robbed them of their livelihood and left them in dire straits.

A street food vendor in Hanoi, October 2017. Photo by VnExprress/Giang Huy.

A street food vendor in Hanoi, October 2017. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

Le Thi Chinh, 47, who runs a xoi (sticky rice) stall near the Gia Lam Bus Terminal, has earned next to nothing since early February. The diabetes afflicted woman ticked off what she lacked.

“Money to rent the house, to pay for my children’s education, to buy my medicines… I made nothing last month.”

Her four-member family has to depend entirely on her husband, who earns around VND8 million ($349.15) per month working for a paper-making factory in Hanoi’s Long Bien District.

In their cramped accommodation, Chinh’s pots, stove, dishes and other materials for her xoi stall lie idle in a corner. She has no idea when she will be able to light up her stove again.

“I have cut our spending on food and milk for our sons. I cannot send them to my hometown because traveling back and forth costs a significant amount of money,” Chinh said, adding she used to earn up to VND600,000 ($26.19) per day.

All street vendors selling tea, fruits and noodles around the bus station have disappeared since the latest Covid-19 outbreak.

Since the social distancing campaign last April, street food vendors have suffered badly. In addition to the closures mandated by authorities, pandemic fears have also kept patrons away when they open.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have forced 32.1 million Vietnamese workers aged 15 or above to either lose their jobs or have their working hours reduced in 2020.

Informal sector dependants like Nhung and Chinh, having no social support and living far from their hometowns, are likely among the hardest hit, says sociologist Trinh Hoa Binh.

“Who knows what will happen if there is another year of Covid-19?,” Chinh said sadly.

Something’s better than nothing

Some street food vendors are trying to cope with the situation by finding some job, despite much lower earnings.

In Cau Giay District’s Nghia Tan Market, where many street food vendors ran their businesses before the city banned them, some have begun working as delivery men, women, or temporary motorbike taxi drivers.

“Prices keep going up after Tet, the only thing stands at zero is my income,” said Le Van Tinh, employee of a pho stall outside the market.

Since the holiday ended, he has worked as a delivery man for “anyone who wants to send their goods to their patrons.” If he’s lucky, he can earn around VND200,000 a day. His wife, meanwhile, is staying back in their hometown in Bac Giang Province, working as a trash collector.

A small number of people trying to stick to their livelihoods are delivering food to their customers.

“They do not allow me to sell my fish noodles on the sidewalk, so I cook at home and my husband delivers them,” said Le Thanh Hoa, owner of a noodles stall near the My Dinh Bus Terminal.

Hoa said Covid-19 fears keep many of her patrons away, so she has only around 40 orders per day, “but it is okay as long as I can make some money during this storm.”

Many other street food vendors have opted to stay back in their hometowns until they can reopen.

“So we can save some money because things are more expensive in Hanoi,” said Tinh, explaining why his wife has stayed back in Bac Giang Province since Tet.

Foreign tourists enjoy beer and food at the intersection of Hanois Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets before the pandemic. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

Foreign tourists enjoy beer and food at the intersection of Hanoi’s Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets before the pandemic. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

No support

Last year, the government rolled out a VND62 trillion ($2.6 billion) support package to help around 20 million poverty-stricken people and small businesses affected by the pandemic.

But most street food vendors are unable to get any support because of complex procedures.

When Nhung applied for the governmental support, she was told by local authorities she was disqualified because she had violated regulations that prohibit peddlers from selling goods on the streets, and because she had no business license.

Nguyen Hong Dan, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, once said the slow progress in handing out the aid is mainly due to the difficulty in verifying workers who do not have formal contracts.

Several local officials said it was a “headache” to determine the incomes and nature of applicants’ work.

“These informal workers and officials are both in a difficult situation,” sociologist Binh commented.

This year, Nhung, hoping life will return to normal soon as people have learned from several outbreaks, has given up on the idea of looking for help. She knows the only one she can rely on is herself.

When she heard that the city has allowed coffee shops to open on March 2, she was happy, thinking street food stalls were in the same category.

“But I was wrong. Now I have to keep waiting until my tea stall can have patrons again, or until I am drained by this pandemic and have to find a different path.”

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/life/trend/hanoi-s-covid-19-fight-leaves-street-food-vendors-in-the-lurch-4242668.html

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Quảng Ninh reopens intra-provincial tourism activities

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The aerial view of Hạ Long Bay in Quảng Ninh Province. It is re-opened to tourists from within the province since March 2, together with other provincial renowned destinations. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

QUẢNG NINH — Popular destinations in Quảng Ninh re-opened to tourists from within the province yesterday as the area has recorded no community transmission of COVID-19 in 20 days.

However, Quảng Ninh is not ready to receive tourists from other provinces yet.

The provincial Party Committee asked tourism businesses and tourist sites to develop a process for receiving tourists to ensure safety during the pandemic, strictly complying with the instructions of the Ministry of Health as well as disease prevention measures.

Specifically, Hạ Long City is required to strictly control the tourism activities on Hạ Long Bay. Meanwhile, other localities and institutes must monitor their destinations, especially where spiritual activities take place, to limit gatherings.

According to local authorities, Quảng Ninh will continue to apply appropriate measures to strictly control people returning and coming from pandemic-hit areas throughout the country to ensure safety.

For people coming or returning from areas with no new cases of COVID-19, they only need to fill in medical declarations.

The province also strictly controls the vehicles transporting goods in and out of the province and requires the implementation of pandemic control measures.

Localities including Hạ Long, Uông Bí, Đông Triều, Cẩm Phả and Quảng Yên need to proactively apply appropriate and necessary measures to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in preventing and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vân Đồn International Airport will resume operations today and Quảng Ninh Province is urgently building a new anti-pandemic process to ensure safety for the airport, airport staff and the community.

According to the Secretary of the Quảng Ninh Provincial Party Committee, the province still has COVID-19 patients that are under treatment and isolation. Therefore, the province is not qualified to serve quarantine of cases from outside the province, including Vietnamese citizens, foreign engineers, workers and experts who enter Việt Nam via Vân Đồn airport.

In terms of the normalisation of economic and social activities, including those related to business and services that are operated under certain conditions such as karaoke parlours or bars, Quảng Ninh has assigned local police to research and propose the plan and appropriate time of their reoperation. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/891275/quang-ninh-reopens-intra-provincial-tourism-activities.html

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