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First fairy tale books on gender equality officially introduced to Vietnamese children

October 21, 2020 | 07:36

"Generation Equality – modern fairy tales", the first modern fairy tale picture books on gender equality for children have been debuted in Hanoi on October 20.

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First fairy tale books on gender equality officially introduced to Vietnamese children
Children enjoy modern fairy tales in the new books. Photos: UN Women/Tran Linh

Twenty percent of the proceeds from the book sales will be donated by Crabit Kidbooks to the Peace House, a shelter and supporting services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse.

Readers can subscribe to books and contribute to the fundraising campaign abuse at website: www.crabit.vn or Fanpage of Crabit Kidbooks.

The book set consists of two stories: A Miracle in the Kingdom of Shoes and A Collection of fairy tales about gender equality. These are the stories that won the highest prize of the Generation Equality: Vietnamese people create modern fairy tales contest, organized by UN Women, ChildFund Vietnam and the Embassy of Ireland in 2019.

In fairy tales and bedtime stories, such as the story of Tam and Cam, Thach Sanh, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, girls have been portrayed as beautiful, weak, dependent and focused on developing skills which reinforce their socialised roles in the private domain, such as cooking, child care and hygiene. As for boys, they have been prepared for dominant and high-command roles that determine societal dynamics in the public sphere. Therefore, oral literature has served as a means to reinforce gender stereotypes.

For that reason, the contest targeted to create modern fairy tales and bedtime stories that help realise women’s rights and promote equality between men and women, boys and girls and other gender minorities.

The competition aimed to highlight women and girls' value and talent and raise awareness among individuals, especially youth, in Vietnam, on the role that they can play in breaking down gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality.

First fairy tale books on gender equality officially introduced to Vietnamese children
The "Generation Equality – modern fairy tales" picture book set features vivid and beautiful illustrations as well as attractive stories on gender equality.

Through these stories of the first modern fairy tale picture books on gender equality for Vietnamese children, UN Women, ChildFund Vietnam and Crabit Kidbooks want to convey the message of a sustainable and equal future where all children of any gender can grow up healthy, be respected, be free to develop and follow their dreams without being prevented by any prejudice and barriers.

“Through these stories, we want to convey the message of a sustainable and equal future where all children of any gender can grow up healthy, be respected, be free to develop and follow their dreams without being hindered by any stereotypes and barriers,” said Vu Phuong Ly, Programme Specialist of UN Women and technical advisor for the books.

In addition, the book publisher Crabit Kidbooks also commits to deduct 20 percent of the proceeds from the book sales to donate to the Peace House, a shelter and supporting services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse.

The launching ceremony of the Picture Books and Fundraising Campaign “Generation – The modern fairy tales” is one of the activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of UN Women, Vietnam Women’s Day and in line with the National Action Month on Gender Equality and Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls./.

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