Facebook Joins Hands for Innovative Solutions to End Violence against Vietnamese Women and Children

6:20:30 PM | 16/12/2020

Recently, in response to the "Action for Gender Equality and Prevention for Gender Violence" month in 2020, Facebook collaborates with the Gender-based violence prevention network in Vietnam (GBVNet), Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) Southeast Asia, and the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women) to organize a workshop on “Collaboration for innovative solutions to end violence against women and children in Vietnam.”

The workshop is an opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss the innovative solutions to tackle violence against women and children, together with publishing research results on the effects of the COVID -19 on domestic violence in Vietnam. The research was conducted by the Institute for Social Development Studies and the University of Public Health with funding from the RLS.

Philip Degenhardt, Regional Director of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

The COVID-19 not only affects the economy but also leads to negative consequences to the social situation. Reports from around the world, including Vietnam, showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women as they have to spend more time inside houses with the perpetrator due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the pandemic. Amid this situation, many international, government and non-governmental organizations in Vietnam, have organized the workshop to publish the research’s results on this issue, and discuss to come up with the initiatives to tackle it while enhancing communications work on gender-based violence. 

Amber Hawkes, Head of Safety, APAC at Facebook

Amber Hawkes, Head of Safety, APAC at Facebook said: “Ensuring women feel safe and empowered to build communities on our platform is a priority for Facebook, especially in Vietnam where many of whom suffer from social prejudices that limit their development. We are honored to cooperate with local and global organizations at this Workshop to combat gender violence in Vietnam. This is a part of our Facebook for Vietnam campaign focusing on online safety issues. Facebook is committed to creating a safe environment, providing digital tools to help women connect with resources both online and in the real world quickly and effectively."

Khuat Thu Hong, Director of Institute for Social Development Studies

At the event, the Institute for Social Development Studies and the University of Public Health announced the results of a study on domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in Hanoi. The study took place from June to September 2020, involving over 303 women aged 18-60 who are living in Hanoi city and are victims of emotional, physical, and sexual violence caused by a husband/partner while in quarantine due to the pandemic. Results showed that violence of various forms occurred in 99% of couples/partners during the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to 80.9% of women reported controlling behaviors of their husbands/partners; 34% suffered from economic abuse; 87.8% suffered from emotional abuse; 59% reported physical abuse and 25% reported sexual abuse.

Panel discussion on Joint efforts in Action to Prevent Gender Violence took place in the second session of the workshop, with the participation of representatives from Facebook, GBVNet, RLS, and UN Women. Participants are expected to introduce a number of technological solutions tailored to the context of quarantine by 2021, where victims are forced to stay with the perpetrator for a long time and cannot access the usual support service. 

Elisa Fernandez Saenz, Head of Office, UN Women in Vietnam

Elisa Fernandez, Chief Representative of UN Women in Viet Nam stated: “We know that around the world Violence against women and children (VAWC) has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence from UN Women globally shows that rates of violence against women increased from 30% to 300% during the pandemic. Ending violence against women and children, especially in the context of COVID-19, requires holistic and comprehensive intervention, as well as cooperation among parties.”

Notably, the event had the presence of People's Artist Trung Anh, a favorite actor after the TV series "Về nhà đi con (Please go home)", in a skit with meaningful messages to raise social awareness and encourage people to take action for the safety of women and children. The event is broadcast live at: https://www.facebook.com/GBVNet/live

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