Under the three-year Joint Programme (JP) on Gender Equality (GE), the following twelve UN agencies and Programmes: FAO, ILO, IOM , UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNIFEM, UNODC, and WHO; in partnership with the Government of Vietnam, will provide strategic, coordinated and multi-sectoral capacity building and technical assistance to build the capacity of national and provincial duty bearers so that they can better implement, monitor, evaluate and report on the Law on Gender Equality (GEL) and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control (DVL) from 2009-2011.
Based on a review of the literature, UN experiences working on GE initiatives, and as a result of extensive consultation with national partners in Vietnam, the Joint Programme on Gender Equality (JP) has identified the following three problem areas, which it seeks to address:
1. Despite a sound policy and legal framework supporting GE, institutional capacities in the area of implementation and reporting, gender analysis, data collection and monitoring remain weak and unsystematic.
2. Institutional weakness is evident in the area of networking and sharing of information, data, research and experiences on issues of GE.
3. Institutional weakness is also evident in the area of GE research and sex-disaggregated data collection, analysis and dissemination systems.
The JP has been jointly developed and will be implemented by Government concerned agencies and the 12 UN agencies. The JP specifically aims to build national institutional capacity to fill the above listed gaps and has developed the following three Outcomes to do so:
Joint Outcome 1: Improved skills, knowledge and practices for the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control.
Joint Outcome 2: Enhanced partnerships and coordination around gender equality within and outside of the government.
Joint Outcome 3: Strengthened evidence-based data and data systems for promoting gender equality.
To achieve the three Outcomes, the JP will focus on key interventions that will contribute to overall capacity building of line ministries at national and provincial level involved in coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the two laws; networking and improving partnerships with and among relevant Ministries and the civil society involved in GE and DV laws; and further strengthening and disseminating currently under-utilized and reported GE and sex-disaggregated indicators, as well as identifying data gaps.
The JP fosters the rights-based UNDAF 2006-2010 approach and builds on the UN’s comparative strengths with the requisite technical expertise, global experiences, good practices and legitimate mandate rooted in Vietnam’s international commitments. The JP will contribute to the achievement of MDG3, GE and women’s empowerment in Vietnam across sectors.