It is estimated that over 31% of Vietnamese girls and women under the age of 25 have experienced sexual harassment in public places and around 11% of students, from a sample of 30 schools in Hanoi, had been sexually abused or violated.
The Embassy of Canada in Vietnam has funded several initiatives to help end domestic violence and sexual assaults in Vietnam. In particular, the Embassy was proud to support the local NGO, Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family – Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) to implement the “No More – Together, We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaults” project.
The Canadian embassy, joining with CSAGA, local universities and international organizations put out a call for action for Vietnamese students studying journalism, film production, fine arts, teaching and other social sciences, to help prevent sexual violence against women and girls. Reaching over one thousand students, this led to many discussions for creative solutions.
“Please join us in saying ‘No More – No more violence against women and young girls’. I encourage you and your friends to submit many proposals, and I hope to see some of you again at the award presentation ceremony in March, 2017. Let’s speak out and take action for a Vietnam free of violence against women and girls, especially sexual violence” Ambassador Kitnikone
An online platform was created for victims and survivors of sexual violence to share their stories and experiences, and to provide information and knowledge about sexual violence.
To help generate discussions and raise awareness, the website is empowering people to share stories that have typically not been openly discussed. The website has also inspired campaigns on mainstream media and other off-line events where law enforcement, social activists, and youth can interact and discuss potential solutions toward preventing and ending sexual violence.
‘No More. Tragedies like sexual assault and violence against women and girls must be stopped’ Ambassador Kitnikone shared in the “No More Campaign” clip on the website.
The Embassy of Canada also funded a human rights training course through The Institute of Society, Economics, and Environment to organize. Geared toward female activists working in civil society organizations on gender issues, there were 30 participants, including 5 men. The training provided practical knowledge and realistic case studies on applying international human right standards in protecting women's rights, and the importance of changing gender discourses through activism and social movement.
“Gender equality is still out of reach for most women worldwide, and yet their role in society is critical for sustainable development. If equitable and sustainable progress is to be achieved, women's status must be improved, their rights must be respected, and their contributions must be recognized and respected by all. And they must be able to choose how they wish to support themselves and their families, without prejudice.” Ambassador Kitnikone
Canada is proud to be working with partners and local NGO’s to help advance gender equality and the human rights of women and girls, and to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence against women.