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12/1/2017 8:23:14 AM

Together with young people produce short films about girls' safety in public spaces

(VNF) - In the afternoon of November 30th, an awarding ceremony for the preliminary round of the film-making contest about girls' safety in public spaces and when using public transportation, initiated and launched by Plan International Vietnam, have been hosted in Hanoi.

This is a cooperative activity between Plan International Vietnam, Institute for Development & Community Health (LIGHT), and Department of Gender Equality under the Ministry of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs within the framework of “Safer Cities for Girls” project initiated by Plan in Hanoi since 2014.

20 contestants/group of contestants pose for a photo with the judging panel.

The competition aims to create innovative media ideas about the safety of girls in public and when traveling on public transport in the city through the production of short films by young students (high school students, students are living and studying in Hanoi. At the same time, the competition also helps to create a playground for youngters to showcase their talents, to give the most true stories of social situations, and to suggest solutions to problems.

Not just to showcase scriptwriting skills and film production, but more importantly, the competition is also an opportunity for young people to participate in creating a safe and friendly city where people - especially women and girls - are free to work and live, access or use public services. By participating in the contest, young people have the opportunity to speak out to promote gender equality and prevent gender-based violence, especially towards girls in public and on public transport. Young people will be the ones who express and convey the strong message "Make city safe for women and girls, make dreams come true".

Preliminary competition was began from October 19th to November 24th, 2017 and 58 works were received in which five judges have selected the best 20 screenplays for the final round from December 1st, 2017 to February 11th, 2018.

Nguyen Thu Giang, Deputy Director of the Institute for Development & Community Health (LIGHT) speaks at the ceremony.

On behalf of the judging panel, Nguyen Thu Giang, Deputy Director of the Institute for Development & Community Health (LIGHT), highly appreciated the quality of the entries. "Each of the submitted works has its own theme. The judges, through all 58 works, saw the seriousness and creativeness of the all contestants. Most scripts build a storyline that is coherent and logical. The message in most works is highly practical, and especially not dogmatic."

On behalf of 20 contestants/group of contestants, Bui Phuong Loan, a student of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, author of the entry "I'm Not Alone", thanked the organising board for organising such meaningful contest, giving them a playground to showcase their writing talents and conveying messages about the prevention of gender-based violence in the city.

Bui Phuong Loan, a student of the the Faculty of Journalism and Communication (University of Social Sciences and Humanities), author of the entry "I'm Not Alone".

At the ceremony, 20 contestants and group of contestants received VND 3 million (USD 132), in addition to technical consultancy and material support from the judging panel to complete their short film.

Violence against women and girls is a global phenomenon that has no respect for class, age, income, religion, culture or place of residence. Sexual violence, and the threat of such violence, haunts many adolescent girls as they go about their daily lives in the city, whether in school, on public transport, or in the street.

According to a survey conducted by Plan International Vietnam in June 2013, 31 per cent of 1,128 girls were sexually abused on bus and only 13 per cent of girls and 8 per cent of boys said that girls always feel safe in public. Meanwhile, 45 per cent of respondents in the survey said they did not do anything about harassment they witnessed in public and 20 per cent did not intervene when they saw the harassment on the bus.

Creating safe cities for girls creates long-term economic and social change that will benefit everyone. Safe cities are crucial to achieving gender equality because they will allow the girls who live in them to access all the opportunities they offer./.

Minh Phuong  
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