Plan International Launches Two Youth Protection Projects in Ha Giang Province

The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang and Plan International strengthen protection of minors and young people from gender-based violence and early marriage.
June 26, 2023 | 09:27
Plan International Launches Two Youth Protection Projects in Ha Giang Province
Delegates, and officials at the launching ceremony. Source: Plan International Vietnam

The two new projects recently kicked off in the northern province of Ha Giang, aiming to end child marriage and consanguineous marriage here.

A survey by Plan International in Ha Giang province shows that, during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, youth from ethnic minorities (EMs) face increasing difficulties in accessing education and caring services - thereby facing higher risks of gender-based violence. At the same time, the rate of unwanted pregnancy, one of the main causes of child marriage, is still increasing along with the number of cases of violence against children and youth of ethnic minorities.

To contribute to the solutions to these problems, Plan International Vietnam has launched two projects in Ha Giang province. The first project was titled “Ensuring adolescent girls learn and stay protected from sexual and gender-based violence in Covid-19” (2023-2025) in two districts of Meo Vac and Yen Minh with the support of the Beiersdorf Group through Plan International Germany.

The other one is the project “Ethnic minority adolescent and young people aged 11-24 in Ha Giang Province are protected from becoming victims of child, early and forced marriage” (2023-2026) in two districts of Xin Man and Hoang Su with the support of Uniqlo Co., Ltd. through Plan International Japan.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Mao Quoc Toan, deputy director of the local Department of Foreign Affairs said that in recent years, children's rights, protection, and education of children have been increasingly important from central to local authorities. However, in reality, there are still children living unsafe and unhealthy lives, still facing risks and dangers such as domestic/social violence, child sexual abuse, child/inbreeding marriage.

According to Dang Quoc Viet, program manager from Plan International's National Office, the goal of Plan's five-year program in the 2021-2026 period in Vietnam is "Vietnamese girls lead change in exercising of their rights.”

Plan International in Vietnam always accompanies relevant agencies at all levels from central to local levels, partner organizations, children, families and communities - towards the goal of supporting two million girls so they can learn, lead, decide and develop, Viet affirmed.

At the kick-off ceremony, the participants shared their presentations on the current status of protection of minors and ethnic minority youth in Ha Giang province, planned specific activities of the two projects and discussed methods of implementing activities in each specific partner unit as well as the roles and responsibilities of the participating parties.

Lam The Hung, deputy director of Ha Giang Department of Education and Training, stressed that Plan International, as usual, identifies correctly the key issues in the development of the projects. The two projects are very relevant to practical conditions in Ha Giang province.

Earlier this June, Plan International Vietnam’s Ha Giang Office coordinated with the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Department of Education and Ha Giang Provincial Youth Union to organize the activity a provincial Children Forum in 2023.

Attending the workshop were provincial leaders and representatives of relevant departments, two members of the Youth Advisory Committee of Plan International Vietnam and 114 children representing the provincial Children's Council.

During the Forum, the students presented yearly updates of the Ha Giang Provincial Children's Council model and raised 12 questions to the provincial leaders related to child marriage, sexual/child Abuse, violence prevention, child injury and labor.

After listening to the children's questions and sharing, the provincial leaders answered, guided and gave explanations so that the children can have better understanding on these issues and they can serve as community communicators on these at school, family and the locality where they live.

At the end of the forum, the students and local leaders agreed on the frameworks for the next school year’s forum.

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