Bird flu epidemic and diseases in farm animals including blue-ear and foot-and-mouth in pigs and cattle have been put under control in most localities nationwide during the last two weeks.
The Australian government this month will provide VND2 billion (US$100,000) for a project to raise public awareness on the right of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in Vietnam.
The money will be spent on art activities such as plays and exhibitions featuring the life of homosexuals as well as legal consulting for people who are discriminated because of their sexuality.
Training courses will also be organized for government officials to understand more about the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.
“Lesbians and gay, bisexual and transgender people are part of the society, and their legal needs and rights should be respected,” said Allaster Cox, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam.
The project, which will be carried out by the Hanoi-based Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment, is expected to reach around 20,000 students and members of the public, 200 lesbians and gay, bisexual and transgender people, 500 of their parents and friends, and 75 government officials in Hanoi and HCMC.
“This project is expected to make a significant contribution to fighting discrimination against lesbians and gay, bisexual and transgender people”, Cox said.