Youth Dialogue "Stand up to Gender Stereotypes around in everyday life"

Web.HCYU.10/03/2014. On the occasions of the International Women's Day (8/3) and Youth Month, on March 9, 2014, the Central Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in collaboration with the UN Vietnam Programs organized youth dialogue "Stand up to Gender Stereotypes around us in everyday life" at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

The dialogue was participated by Mr. Nguyen Phi Long, member of the Ho Chi Minh Youth Union Standing Committee, Head of the Department of youth gathering and solidarity, Mr. Vu Minh Ly, Director of the Vietnam Volunteer Center, Ms. Katherine Muller, representative of UNESCO Vietnam, Ms. Sohko Ishikawa, United Nations Women's Organization (UNWomen) country representative in Vietnam.

Mr Nguyen Phi Long shares his view at the dialogue
Mr Nguyen Phi Long shares his view at the dialogue

The Dialogue with open and candid atmosphere has attracted a number of Vietnamese young people. At the Dialogue, the youth enjoyed interactive discussion with special guests of the panel: Ms. Cao Thi Thuy Ho - - Centre of Gender, Family, Environment in Development in Vietnam, MC Tuan Tu – a well-known speaker of Vietnam Television and Ms.Le Anh Phong- a young transgender girl. The exchange and discussion between the guests and the audience gave the young in dialogue the picture of influence of gender stereotypes in life as well as the need to eliminate them toward a gender equity and a just society. Many students have voiced their opinion about gender stereotypes, stressing that gender stereotypes have been created invisible barriers obstructing many young people on the path to their dreams. It is the exchange and discussion at the Dialogue that have motivated the audience to stand up to gender stereotypes around them.

Group photo of delegates, guests and the audience at the youth dialogue
Group photo of delegates, guests and the audience at the youth dialogue

Speaking at a youth dialogue, Mr. Nguyen Phi Long, Standing Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Youth Union said - During the nation's history, Vietnamese women in general and young women in particular have contributed significantly to the renewal and development of the country with the qualities and capabilities in learning, scientific research and labor. However, Vietnamese women in general and young women in particular are still facing enormous challenges , including heavy gender inequality, especially preconceived prejudice and gender stereotypes that still exist around us. Mr.Long expressed hope that, through the care of the Central Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in education, training for women and youth in such practical and helpful programs as the dialogue, stereotypes elimination will soon be fulfilled.

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