Launching report: For a safe city for women and girls

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

Hanoi – A report on “Improve the efficiency of public expenditure for a Safe city for Women and girls” has been launched by Gender Equality Department (GED), Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, ActionAid Vietnam and Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED) this morning, December 2nd 2016.

Hanoi is recognised as a City for Peace by UNESCO, meanwhile Ho Chi Minh city is considered as a “Far-East Pearl”, and many other cities in Vietnam which are places for million people living, studying and working as well as attractive tourism spots for international friends. However, are these places really “promising lands” with favorable conditions and safe living environment?

Report “Safe cities for Women and Girls” by ActionAid Vietnam in 2014 showed that 87% women and girls had experienced sexual harassment in public places such as streets, parks, buses and public toilets.

To explore more about the situation and propose appropriate policy recommendations, GED, CGFED and ActionAid Vietnam has reviewed the current situation of gender-based violence against women and girls in five cities including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Uong Bi, Tra Vinh and Ho Chi Minh cities from August to September 2016. The findings again highlighted alarming figures: 51.1% women and girls feel anxious in public places like bus and bus stops; 31.3% women and girls cannot find or use public toilets since they could not find a clean one.

“It is obvious that public services in many cities in Vietnam has not met the demand of people and has not ensured the gender sensitivity as well. Public bus and toilets are used daily by citizen but contain many risks of gender-based violence and sexual harassment”stated Ms. Tran Bich Loan, Deputy head of GED.

The research also pointed out a reality that: When violence or harassment occur in public place, up to 47.1% women keep silent instead of reporting with police or warning others. Women are also blamed as a reason causing violence and harassment against themselves in public places.

“To solve the problem, it is necessary to get more attention from Government to create safe spaces for women and girls. It needs to bring a change in mind and action in each of us. We hope you will take action together with ActionAid Vietnam, our partners and more than 150 cities in 20 countries participating in “Safe cities Campaign” to build up our cities to become safer for women and girls as our pride"shared Ms. Hoang Phuong Thao, Country Director of ActionAid Vietnam.

There is a street music event “Sing together for a Safe city” will be held in the evening to call for joint participation from communities and authorities to develop our cities where everyone, especially women and girls are free to travel, work, and live as well as free to choose transparent, efficient and at good quality public services.

Both the abovementioned events are under the "Safe City" Campaign which is co-funded by IrishAid and ActionAid implemented in five big cities in Vietnam namely Hanoi, Hai Phong, Uong Bi, Tra Vinh and Ho Chi Minh cities in 2014 – 2016. It is expected that there will be at least 10.000 people participating in activities in five cities and at least one city in Vietnam would be recognised as a Safe city by end of 2017.

Friday, 12/02/2016 | 11:24 Asia/Bangkok

Source AAV/ AFV

Event Information

12/02/2016 - 12/02/2016

Press Club, 59A Ly Thai To, HN