Norwegian supported exhibition marks International Women’s Day in Vietnam

Vietnam is celebrating the International Women’s Day with a number of events, amongst them an exhibition supported by the Norwegian Embassy.

Violence against women is widespread in Vietnam and every third Vietnamese woman is subjected to physical violence in her lifetime.

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Norwegian Embassy together with the UN, the Spanish Embassy and three Vietnamese NGOs is supporting an exhibition called the “Smiling Tears”. Focusing on violence against women and girls, “Smiling Tears” gathers hundreds of images and objects that “speak” of violence by women from all over the country.

“Smiling Tears” gives a face to the many obstacles that still remain in the implementation of the Gender Equality and Domestic Violence Laws. The exhibition will take place on March 12 to March 29 at the Centre for Women’s Development.

Amongst other events taking place in relation to the International Women’s Day is:

  • A policy dialogue on gender equality organized by the UN and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs on February 28. Read more about the dialogue here.
  • On March 6 the UN is supporting an event together with the Vietnamese Youth Union and the Embassy of Ireland on “Breaking the stereotypes”. The event aims to challenge traditional gender roles that segregate women and men into particular types of occupation.


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