VietNamNet Bridge – A national hotline that would provide legal consultation and assistance to victims of sexual abuse and violence will be launched in the near future, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. Dang Hoa Nam speaks Friday in HCM City about the establishment of a national hotline to help sexually abused victims. — Photo: VNS Speaking at a workshop on sexual abuse held in HCM City on Friday, Dang Hoa Nam, director of the ministry’s Department of Child Care and Protection, said relatives and neighbours often did not know where to turn or whom to contact when a child was sexually abused. The department is working with the Ministry of Information and Communications to set up a national easy-to-remember number. “We will also amend legal regulations regarding forensic examinations and … [Read more...] about Sexual abuse hotline planned
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'I can’t report them all. At this point I just consider it normal.' Elizabeth Lockard spent five peaceful years in China as a language consultant, before moving to Hanoi. Two years ago, she took a job at an international school in Hanoi and settled in West Lake District, an ideal area for expats. “I felt safe for a while; didn’t think anyone would dare to touch me," she said. "Back in China, I always walked alone at night and people only stopped to offer help.” Everything changed in April when two men chased Lockard through Ba Dinh District in broad daylight. Her pursuers pulled up in traffic and groped Lockhard, causing her to lose control of her bike and tumble into the road. Scratched and bruised, she drove to her boyfriend's house in tears. Vietnam recognized sexual harassment as a violation of public order in 2007 when a government decree announced that "gestures, rude words, provocative, teasing and insulting the honor and dignity of others" carried a … [Read more...] about Clamor over sexual violence shakes Hanoi
Money does not always help Anh Thu By Anh Thu - The Saigon Times Daily Burglaries are not rare as Vietnam remains a poor country. Stealing a desktop computer might not have been a big deal but for a boy who made big headlines in local media five years ago when he was found to suffer from violence and then got a hefty VND800 million from generous philanthropists, the story is different. That boy is Nguyen Hoang Anh, widely known as Hao Anh. The 19-year-old is now in police custody as he was caught stealing a desktop computer at the residence of his employer in Lam Dong Province’s Don Duong District last May. In no time at all, the case got the attention of local media. News reports question whether cash donations for maltreated people like Hao Anh are a sustainable solution. While he was working for a shrimp farm in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau five years ago, Hao Anh was ill-treated and brutally beaten by the farm-owner couple. He was rescued in May 2010. … [Read more...] about Money does not always help
Associate Professor Luong Hong Quang, deputy head of the Vietnam National Arts and Culture Institute, questions if the recognition of Vietnamese cultural relics actually helps them thrive, as the line between preservation and distortion is so delicate. Recognizing relics at provincial, national, and international levels has become an irresistible process, with dozens of tangible and intangible relics earning new recognition each year. However, most of the newly recognized relics have undergone such massive changes in structure and content that they become alien to their original communities. According to Quang, following the recognition is excessive government interference with the management and structure of the relics. The associate professor pointed out that though the attention helps boost the relics' tourism potential, it disrupts the inherent structural and cultural characteristics of the relics. A number of traditional festivals have been changed to a certain extent … [Read more...] about Does recognition really help cultural relics?
Bitter melon stuffed with ground pork is a popular summer soup in Vietnam. Called m ướ p đ ắ ng in the northern and central regions or kh ổ qua in the south, the fruit has a distinct warty looking exterior and an oblong shape. Bitter melon on sale at Tan Dinh Market in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1. … [Read more...] about Not a bitter pill