Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Minister Nguyen Thi Ha highlighted progress recorded in the work for gender equality in Vietnam, particularly communications activities, which has helped change the perception of stereotypes, prevent domestic violence, empower women, and reduce gender imbalance.
She pointed to a number of shortcomings, including low frequency of communications campaigns, and abuse of gender sensitivities, like violence against women and girls, in communications publications to attract viewers.
The official expressed her hope that the writing contest will contribute to implementing the national action plan on gender equality for 2016 – 2020 and honour reporters with quality articles on the matter.
The competition lasts until November 30, with an award ceremony scheduled to take place in mid-December.
Vietnamese and foreigners living in Vietnam, as well as Vietnamese expatriates are eligible to submit one or several of their writings on related policies, regulations, exemplary people and models, solutions to shortcomings of gender work, and ideals to improve it.
The submissions can be freshly written or have been published between January 1, 2016 and November 25 this year.
There will be one first, two second, and three third prizes along 10 consolation prizes.