Campaign to prevent gender-based violence in Vietnam

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A social media campaign aimed at preventing gender-based violence by promoting discussion and action amongst youth about caring and respectful relationships has been launched in Vietnam.

Love Journey is supported by organizations dedicated to the prevention of gender-based violence and violence against women, like Paz y Desarrollo, Partners for Prevention, United Nations (UN) Development Program, UN Population Fund, UN Women, UNV regional program for Asia and the Pacific, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation and the UN.

It consists of two online photo and advocacy competitions and a concert in the central city of Da Nang on December 16.

Vietnamese nationals living in Vietnam and abroad and foreigners living in Vietnam aged between 15 and 25 are encouraged to take part in the contests at the website www.htyt.vn.

Winners will get iPads and trips to Bangkok to visit the regional UN headquarters for winning ideas that promote gender equality and non-violence in intimate relationships.

Benjamin Swanton of Paz y Desarrollo, who is project manager of the Joint Campaign for Prevention of Domestic Violence, said: "Love Journey takes a new approach to prevention of gender-based violence and promotion of gender equality in Vietnam.

"Instead of telling people to not perpetrate violence, we are focusing on encouraging positive, gender-equitable and non-violent attitudes among youth, who are still forming their ideas about gender relations and what it means to be a man and a woman.

"This activity will help young people to build relationship skills that they can take into adult life."

One out of three Vietnamese women say they have suffered physical or sexual violence from their husbands at some time in their lives, a joint UN-Vietnamese government study said last year.

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