Sing together for a safe city

AFV works in partnership with AAV to implement programme interventions in Vietnam.

Hanoi, 2/12/2016 – Tonight, the street music event “Sing together for safe cities” has been organised in the area of Ly Thai To statue got attention from a lot of citizens and tourists. It is a joint event organized by ActionAid Vietnam, Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) and Safe Cities Network to call for attention and participation from community and policy makers to end violation and harassment against women and girls.

Despite of the cold weather, the space in Sword Lake area turned to be “hot” than ever sinking in exciting music and familiar purple color of the Campaign “My safe city – My love city”. All the participants have deepened themselves in vibrant music and performances of Construction university students, Singer Nhat Thuy, Oplus boyband, Singer Dinh Manh Ninh, Singer Duong Hoang Yen with many young people for more than 3 hours. Through music, many strong messages have been sent to call each of us to express loves toward our cities by real actions.

Participants also have had chances to experienced many emotions from being anxious and worried about the reality of unsafe public places to desiring for a better living environment, and above all, they were inspired to commit and take action for a safe city as a slogan of the event: “I care, I act”.

According to ActionAid Vietnam’s research report in 2014, 87% women and girls had been experienced sexual harassment. A newly launched report by AAV this morning also pointed out that: 63.4% women and girls feel anxious about the risks of danger in public places. Furthermore, women and girls normally keep silent when they are abused and harassed; meanwhile almost all men and witnesses take no action when observing it.

“This kind of communication event brings a very important meaning which raises awareness and changes in mind of each person thus can mobilize the Government and communities to build their own safe cities where everyone, particularly women and girls, can have freedom in moving, working and living as well as accessing and benefiting transparent, efficient and quality public services”, shared by Ms. Hoang Phuong Thao, the Country Director of ActionAid Vietnam.

The representatives of artists participated in the event in particular and the youth in general, singer Nhat Thuy, the Goodwill Ambassador of the campaign incited:"Raise voice in case of being harassed. Don’t be unmindful observing violence. No matter you are victims or witnesses, your voice and action will bring significant changes in the society hence a safe city for women and girls is no more a dream only”.

The music event is a part of a succession of the campaign “Safe cities” co-funded by the Irish Aid and ActionAid. The campaign has been implemented in 5 big cities of Vietnam including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Uong Bi, Ho Chi Minh and Tra Vinh since 2014. It is planned that by 2017, there will be a minimum of 10,000 people participating in various activities of the campaign in those 5 cities and at least 1 of them will be recognized as a safe city.

 

Friday, 12/02/2016 | 11:22 Asia/Bangkok

Source AAV/ AFV

Event Information

12/02/2016 - 12/02/2016

Ly Thai To flower garden, Ha Noi