Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan delivered the remarks at the meeting to celebrate World Population Day 2018 in Vietnam.(Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s family planning has contributed greatly to the country’s hunger elimination and poverty reduction, fostering its socio-economic development, improving living conditions of local people and helping to fulfill the millennium and sustainable development goals, said a local official. Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan delivered the remarks at a meeting co-organised in Hanoi on July 11 by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam to celebrate World Population Day 2018. Vietnam’s family planning has helped the country cut costs of social services and increase per capita gross domestic product (GDP) by 2 percent annually, Tuan said. He affirmed that the country’s population and family planning programme has gained a range of achievements as its annual … [Read more...] about Family planning facilitates Vietnam’s sustainable development
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Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?