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"Red Card" for violence against women

Released at: 08:05, 11/12/2018

"Red Card" for violence against women

Photo: Embassy of Australia

Famous local footballers invited to educate students on tackling violence against women and girls.

by Le Diem

The Australian Embassy in Vietnam hosted a special event on December 10 as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

With the theme “Red Carding Violence Against Women and Girls”, the event featured the participation of three Vietnamese football players from the Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) Football Club and over 120 girls and boys from Grades 5 to 7 at the Thang Long Junior High School and VinSchool. In football, the referee shows a red card to a player who has been dismissed from the field.

The event promoted the message of gender equality in school, sports and society, which is vital to addressing the underlying cause of violence against women and girls. The event also highlighted that men need to participate in addressing violence against women and cannot be bystanders, and that the next generation has the chance to reset gender roles and promote equality and safety in their relationships and public lives. These themes reflect the current campaigns in Australia to end violence against women and girls.

Vietnam is gaining in strength and reputation as a successful football nation. The three, well-known young players from the HAGL Football Club - Nguyen Tuan Anh, Tran Minh Vuong and Chau Ngoc Quang - have represented Vietnam internationally. They engaged in a football clinic at the event where they led football drills with all the students and held photo sessions with red cards to symbolize that violence against women and girls should not be tolerated.

“Tuan Anh, Minh Vuong and Ngoc Quang have stirred Vietnam’s national pride and demonstrated what Vietnam can achieve on the world stage,” said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Craig Chittick. “We hold the same hope of safety and success for all of Vietnam’s girls and boys, and a future where there is less need to ‘red card’ violence against women and girls.”

The leaders of the schools expressed their appreciation of the Australian Embassy holding such an event. “The students obviously enjoyed having football clinics with their idols,” said Ms. Nguyen Thanh Ha, Principal of the Thang Long Junior High School in Hanoi. “The event not only builds on our conversation with students about safe, friendly and non-violent schools but also helps to foster a generation where men and women are more equal in society and their homes.”

HAGL midfielder, Tran Minh Vuong, thanked the Australian Embassy for the initiative and the chance for the players to inspire the students, both girls and boys, to fulfil their dreams without fear.

The event was organized in association with UNFPA Vietnam. 

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