Project on eliminating gender-based violence launched
The Saigon Times Daily
|Artist Dang Tri Duc uses sand drawing to portray life stories of sexual violence survivors at the launching ceremony of BRAVE – PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER|
HCMC – The Building Responsibility and Accountability for Gender-Based Violence Elimination (BRAVE) project was launched at an event called "Because you are trusted" in Hanoi last week.
BRAVE works to change the culture of victim blaming in societal attitudes and in media reporting of violence against women and children in Vietnam.
At the launching ceremony, speakers emphasized that everybody has a responsibility to be non-judgmental in attitudes towards victims. With journalists, non-governmental organizations and gender-based violence activists in attendance, the event featured artist Dang Tri Duc who used sand drawing to portray the life stories of two survivors of sexual violence.
The organizers also presented the findings of an in-depth analysis on victim-blaming in press and social media that will be published next month.
BRAVE is implemented by a consortium of three non-governmental organizations including CARE International, the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE) and the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA), with funding from the Australian government.
According to CARE International, more than half of Vietnamese women reported experiencing at least one type of physical, sexual and/or emotional violence in their lifetime.
Victim blaming, together with social and cultural norms, makes it particularly difficult for survivors to speak up and advocate for their rights. As a result, harmful gender stereotypes about women's and men's roles, social expectations that encourage silence from victims, and a culture of gender-based violence that normalizes perpetrators' violence continue to prevail.
BRAVE includes various activities such as a public campaign that focuses on the voice of survivors and the call to change behaviors that justify, condone, or ignore gender-based violence as well as to promote peer support among survivors.
The three-year project will also form a BRAVE network of survivor leaders and their community-based organizations and provide training and networking opportunities for the network to equip them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to speak out against gender-based violence and victim-blaming and to support their peers.
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