“Say no to violence against women and girls”, campaign to raise awareness among TVET students
“No means no!” This is one of the slogans of the campaign “Say no to violence against women and girls” addressing the widespread occurrence of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH). To raise voice against SEAH at school and at work, the Center for Studies and Applied Science in Gender, Family Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) and the Vietnamese-German Programme “Reform of TVET in Viet Nam” organised talk shows for nearly 1000 students at TVET colleges in Bac Ninh and in Ha Tinh in November and December 2019. The activities aimed to raise the participants’ awareness of forms and root causes of sexual violence, specifically focusing on sexual violence at schools and at work and to discuss the fundamental skills to respond to sexual violence.
At the event, students and teachers of the college actively answer questions, discuss issues and identify solutions to sexual harassment situations at school and at work. Mr. Cao Thanh Le, Rector of Vietnamese-German Technical College of Ha Tinh emphasized: “This is the first time our school have been provided an insight into the issue of sexual violence. Each staff member, teacher and student of the college will be an active actor to combat sexual violence in schools and in the community ".
A recent research conducted in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city revealed that 80% of surveyed women experienced sexual harassment in public spaces. Vocational students spend plenty of time in practical workshops, local factories and enterprises. They will also join the labour workshop in just a few years. The newly acquired skills are very important to help them to confidently cope with harassment and contribute to a friendly and safe environment.
The activity is within the field of activity “Support of Centres of Excellence (CoEs)”as part of the Vietnamese-German “Programme Reform of TVET in Viet Nam”. The programme is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.