Winners of the Generation Equality Fairy Tales Competition
- Ha Noi – 12 Dec 2019 – Winners of the “Generation Equality” fairy tales competition, organized by UN Women, Embassy of Ireland and ChildFund Viet Nam, were announced today in Ha Noi. Five winners, out of 261 entries submitted from 193 contestants across the country, received their awards at the ceremony.
The competition invited all legal residents in Viet Nam, especially children and the youth, with no age limation, to submit their works to show their understanding and share their voice toward ending gender stereotypes.
Opening the awarding ceremony, Ms. Elisa Fernandez, UN Women Head of Office in Viet Nam said: “The competition aims not only to empower women and girls and reduce gender inequalities in literature, but also to be a platform for future generations to access to literary texts with gender equality messages and break down the systemic barriers and social norms that hinder women’s and men’s, boys’ and girls’ and other genders’enjoyment of their full potential and capabilities.”
The winning stories deal with issues related to gender stereotypes and traditional roles of men and women in the Vietnamese society, the unequal share of childcare and domestic work and barriers to the full development for all genders, among other issues. The winners will have a chance to work with a professional team to develop their stories into a comic book or a video animation.
Winners of the competition include:
- Second place: Pham Trinh Yen Chi
- Third place: Le Thi Nhu Thuy and Bui Giang
- Prospect place: Tram Le & Minh Quang and Vu Thanh Thu
Sharing about the contest, Ms. Nguyen Thi Bich Lien, ChildFund Viet Nam Country Director said: “I am so glad that ChildFund Viet Nam can be a part of this inspiring initiative. The competition is well received by the public, which is a strong evidence of how the young generation nowadays cares about the gender stigma elimination and wants to contribute to the positive change for gender equality. ChildFund Viet Nam is working towards creating a world in which children have equal opportunities to develop their full potential without any barriers. By supporting this contest, we once again to share our strong commitment to breaking down any barrier to children’s and youth’s development based on the gender norm.”
Speaking at the warding ceremony, Ms.Réachbha FitzGerald, Deputy Head of Development, Embassy of Ireland said: “We are delighted to collaborate with UN women and Child Fund Viet Nam who are real champions for gender equality here in Viet Nam. The Embassy of Ireland in Viet Nam shares with our hosts a commitment to gender equality as a core value, and one that is central to Ireland’s work in Viet Nam.”
The competition ran from 17 October 2019 to 27 November 2019. It was part of activities to commemorate the Vietnamese Women’s Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign 2019 and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 2020. Finalists were selected by a jury composed of a professional writer, child rights and gender equality experts and communication experts.
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About ChildFund Vietnam
ChildFund Vietnam is the representative office of ChildFund Australia – an independent and non‐religious international development organisation that works to reduce poverty for children in developing communities.
ChildFund began working in Vietnam in 1995 and works in partnership with children, their communities and local institutions to create lasting change, respond to humanitarian emergencies and promote children’s rights. Projects are implemented across the northern provinces of Bac Kan, Cao Bang and Hoa Binh, where the majority of people are from ethnic minority groups, often the most vulnerable or marginalised sections of the population.
With a focus on education, water and sanitation, sustainable livelihoods, child rights and child protection, food security, and maternal and child health, including HIV prevention, ChildFund Vietnam also prioritises building the resilience of young people, by giving children and youth the opportunity to take part in sports, vocational education and life skills training, and supporting their participation in local decision‐making processes.
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