A communications campaign entitled “Blue Heart” was launched on June 4 to call for joint efforts to end violence and protect children and women, especially during emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign is co-organised by the Department of Child Affairs at the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, UNICEF Vietnam, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Vietnam, and UN Women.
It also aims to provide knowledge and skills for women and children to prevent violence and abuse and improve the mental strength of those affected, along with creating a safe environment for children.
Efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 may expose children to mistreatment, gender-based violence, and sexual abuse, among others. The number of women and young girls in Vietnam suffering domestic violence and abuse increased during the pandemic.