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.” —
Decorations set up to welcome 13th National Party Congress
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội has been decorated with national flags, flowers, banners and posters to mark the 13th National Party Congress.
One of the most important events in the country, the 13th National Party Congress will take place from January 25 to February 2.
According to vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chử Xuân Dũng, decorations and preparations for the event are complete in all districts, major locations, streets, and at the headquarters of centrally-run and Hà Nội agencies.
National flags are also seen flying on buildings and houses in the city from January 15 to February 14.
The city has also completed the lighting decoration on 11 roads and installed architectural lights to decorate the overpass on Ring Road 3.
Before, during, and after the congress, thousands of officers and soldiers will be deployed to ensure security and safety. The city has assigned the Department of Information and Communications to receive the registration of domestic and international media reporters at the 13th Congress Press Centre.
In addition, the Hà Nội Department of Health has prepared conditions for medical assurance and COVID-19 pandemic prevention by measuring the body temperature of delegates and preparing first aid duty and mobile emergency teams.
In addition, the Hà Nội Department of Culture and Sports plans to hold 85 music shows to celebrate the 13th National Party Congress, the 91st founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (February 3), and approaching Tết (Lunar New Year holiday).
A special music show is scheduled for February 2 at Mỹ Đình National Stadium to celebrate the congress, which is expected to be attended by 15,000 people.
Decorations have been set up nationwide to celebrate the important political event.
The 13th National Party Congress will take place at the National Convention Centre in Hà Nội from January 25 to February 2, with the attendance of 1,587 delegates.
Learn how to love the environment at Trạm Xanh
HCM CITY — Trạm Xanh (Green Station) located on a small alley on Nguyễn Thái Bình Street in HCM City’s District 1 is a special green space that aims to inspire love for the environment.
At Trạm Xanh, launched by a group of young women, visitors have a chance to practice a green lifestyle with many items made of environmentally friendly materials.
The Green Station aims to promote a stable lifestyle by using ‘green’ products that do less damage to the environment.
Many visitors are impressed by the venue, which displays recycled products like handbags made of old jeans, blankets made of pieces of cloth, bamboo brushes, bamboo straws, bags made of lotus leaves, and more.
Visitors can also taste herbal teas made of natural ingredients and learn about natural detergents made from orange and pineapple peels.
Every month, Trạm Xanh organises film screenings about plastic waste, ecological agriculture, plants and the earth to provide visitors with more knowledge about the environment and promote a devotion to nature. —
Zipline tour in Yên Bái is must-do for adventurers
HCM CITY — Việt Nam’s longest zipline tour is a great way to see the beautiful mountains and rice fields of Văn Chấn and Mù Cang Chải districts in Yên Bái Province.
Aeris Hill amusement park in Tú Lệ Commune in Văn Chấn District recently launched the zipline tour service, stretching 1.2 kilometres. It offers a panoramic view popular with photographers and trekkers for its bucolic, majestic beauty.
A station at each end of the line alerts staff to ensure users land safely. The trip takes one to two minutes.
The second part of the zipline, stretching over 200 metres, requires the addition of a parachute on the customer’s back to slow them down.
Aeris Hill is open every day except Wednesday from 8.30am to 6pm. Tickets start at VNĐ200,000 (US$8.7) per person, which includes a zipline tour and other activities like zorbing, high rope games, and rock climbing. –
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