Release of the World Population Report 2021

On April 22nd in Ha Noi, the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union HCYU cooperated with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA to organize the World Population Report Ceremony 2021 with the theme: “My body is mine: seeking self-control and self-determination”. Mr. Nguyen Tuong Lam, Secretary of the HCYU, Permanent Deputy President of the Viet Nam Youth Federation VYF and Mrs. Naomi Kitahra, Chief Representative of the UNFPA in Viet Nam co-chaired the event.

At the ceremony, Mrs. Kitahara explained the term “self-control” and “self-determination”. She demonstrated that people have the right to decide the do and don’t with their body and should be able to exercise that right without the fear of violence. According to her, women and girls are prohibited from controlling their own bodies and forced to behave in the will of men. Based on the sample statistics collected by UNFPA at some countries, she concluded that half of total women worldwide are not able to make their own decisions on whether using contraception, visiting a doctor and having sex or not.

After the speech of Mrs. Kitatahra, Mr. Nguyen Tuong Lam, Secretary of the HCYU affirmed that HCYU and VYF are working to implement policy related to youth health as stipulated in Viet Nam Youth Law 2020. He commanded all levels of HCYU and VYF to proactively strengthen coordination with ministries and government agencies on youth affairs to facilitate favorable conditions for the youth to study, to work, and to develop the nation.

According to the World Population Report, only 80% of countries have laws that support sexual health and well-being for their citizens and 56% of countries have laws and policies that advocate comprehensive gender education programs. Notably, 20 countries and territories have laws that encourage women to get married with the rapists. Besides, 43 countries do not have laws that deal with marital rape (being raped by a spouse). More than 30 countries restrict women's right to travel outside of their homes.