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'Vietnamese Equal Families' photo exhibition opens in Hanoi

Released at: 11:10, 22/06/2017

'Vietnamese Equal Families' photo exhibition opens in Hanoi

Winning moment, the first prize by Nguyen Huu Thong. Photo: Le Diem

Exhibition promoting gender equality on display until July 31.

by Le Diem

To mark the upcoming Vietnam Family Day on June 28, a photo exhibition entitled “Vietnamese Equal Families” has opened at the Embassy of Sweden in Vietnam.

Photos displayed were selected from a contest held from March to May by the embassy in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnamese Women’s Museum. The contest was open to professional and amateur photographers nationwide and aimed to acknowledge and emphasize the importance of shared responsibility in family life, so as to promote gender equality in Vietnamese society.

The embassy and the ministry arranged a similar contest last year, with the theme “Vietnamese Dads”, as a spin-off of the photo exhibition “Swedish Dads” shown on the walls of the embassy compound. This year the same approach was used, but broadened the concept to involve whole families.

The thousands of entries received from around the country reflected different views towards gender equality among mothers and fathers and other family members. The best were selected based on social perceptions of gender equality. People attending the exhibition can perceive each picture as a meaningful story from everyday life or a memorable family moment, expressing a more equal role in society.

Speaking at the awards ceremony for the contest, Mr. Gustav Dahlin, Second Secretary at the Embassy, said that equality is an important issue that begins in the family and lays a firm foundation for a modern, creative, and prosperous society. Sweden is a world leader in gender equality, but there are still many things to learn to promote feminism. The country wants to share its experiences in gender equality with Vietnam and learn more about the issue in the country through images captured by Vietnamese photographers.

The first and second prize winners were selected by professionals and representatives from the embassy, the ministry, and the museum. The “Facebook Favorite” prize was selected by social media users.

Nguyen Huu Thong from Hanoi won first prize for his picture “Winning the Moment”, taken during a business trip to central Quang Binh province. “The man in the frame was born and raised in Le Thuy district, which was heavily bombarded during the war and often suffers from severe weather conditions. When he was a child, a bomb took his left foot. His physical weakness made him feel conflicted about his life situation for a long time. But he kept working hard. Then he married and began to share the housework and the farm work with his wife. Their small house near the rice field is filled with happiness,” Thong explained, adding that the contest has a very human message and reminds everyone to love and respect our family.

The photos are on display at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hanoi, until July 31.

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