Students pledges to work to end gender discrimination

More than 3,000 students from universities and colleges in the central province of Da Nang gathered at the Da Nang University’s Foreign Language School on November 26 to respond to a festival to eliminate gender discrimination.

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The event, jointly held by the Vietnamese Students’ Newspaper and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam as part of the “HowAbnormal” campaign, featured various activities such as film screenings, seminars on gender discrimination and an a food display.

Participants joined online commitments to eradicate gender discrimination, showing their determination to create new normal things for a more equal and fairer society.

The Law on Gender Equality of Vietnam clarifies that gender discrimination is the biased awareness, attitude and evaluation of characteristics, position, role and capacity of male or female, thus putting pressure to both genders, especially women.

It creates a gap between the two genders in various fields, including the enjoyment of interests.

Akiko Fujii, UNDP Vice Country Director in Vietnam said that the “HowAbnormal” campaign targets equality for all, not allowing social preconception to push anyone behind and ensuring everyone can optimise their potential.

The event also encourages the youth to pay more attention to gender discrimination, while calling students to make strong pledges to eliminate it for the interests of all, she said.

The festival in Da Nang is the 11th of its kind after those in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long, Lam Dong, Thai Nguyen and Hai Duong. 

A film-making contest on this topic has been also launched.
VNA

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