Football game as campaign ending violence against women

Web.HCYU. 27/11/2015. Hanoi – The Vietnam Volunteer Center (VVC) coordinated with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to organize a friendly football match for the 16 days of activism national joint campaign to end violence against women and girls from 25/11 to 10/12/2015.

According to national survey on domestic violence in 2010, there were 34% married women suffered from physical or sexual violence once in a lifetime. The national campaign is one of the attempts of the Vietnamese Government calling for an end to such violence against women and girls.

Players are competing on the grass field
Players are competing on the grass field

Participating in the match included national men and women footballers such as Hong Son, Dang Phuong Nam, Ngoc Cham, Minh Nguyet, Ngoc Anh…and students of University of Transport and Communications.  

Two football teams are divided as team 1 including famous leaders, singers/artists as World Bank’s regional director Victoria Kwakwa, Plan international’s national director Glenn Gibney, celebrities Hoàng Bách, Kim Lý, Tuấn Hiệp, An Hiếu…along with national footballers Hồng Sơn, Đặng Phương Nam, Ngọc Châm, Minh Nguyệt, Ngọc Anh… team 2 including pupils and students of Hanoi capital.

Addressing before kicking off, Mrs Shoko Ishikawa, head representative of UN Women, stated that football was considered as men’s game; in this field, we had a football match for both men and women as a message of gender equality. Women and men can both do a good work if given equal opportunities. And ending violence against women and girls need combined effort of both individuals and collectives for a common goal of benefiting everyone.      

President of Vietnam Youth Federation Nguyen Phi Long also called for practical action to end gender stereotypes and strengthen gender equality among youth over the country.