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Vietnam apf presentation.dated april30 2011 final

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Vietnam apf presentation.dated april30 2011 final



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  • LGBT movement in Vietnam: from passive to proactive engagement Presentation by Vietnamese delegation 02 – 05 May, 2011
    • Vietnamese society perception of LGBT
    • The media: Significant source of homophobia
    • Results from iSEE study “Media portrayal of homosexuals”, 2008
  • Society perception of homosexuality
  • Vietnamese society
    • Enacted stigma experienced by gay men
    Source: A study by iSEE of 3,231 gay men in 2008
    • Legal frameworks
    • No laws criminalizes homosexuality
    • June 1998: Banning same-sex marriage
    • 2008: Decree on people with disorder sex organs - Not allow TGs to change gender identity
    • Unsupportive comments by officials
    • The LGBT community in Vietnam
  • An online community: Important and safe place for LGBT individuals to network and find support
  • Challenges within LGBT communities Dare not work on LGBT rights - Fear of outsiders
  • Come Together
    • Nov 2008: iSEE, with support from Ford Foundation, founded ICS – a group of LGBT webforum leaders
  • LGBT work – A new approach Before 2008: Projects and institutions with HIV perspective, MSM focus.
    • Strategies and achievements
  • Working with the press
    • Providing LGBT information and knowledge on homosexuality through workshops and training
    • Set up a network of 40 journalists from most popular media agencies
    • Provide feedbacks to journalists and editors on negative articles and send thank-you notes to authors of positive articles
    • => Anecdotal evidences (i) positive reporting; (ii) supportive coverage on a case of lesbian wedding ceremony
  • Public events
    • 15,000 students in 10 universities
    • 10,000 visitors in HCMC
    • Thousands of
    • supportive
    • comments
    OPEN Exhibitons, in HCMC and Hanoi
  • Empowerment
    • Institutional development for LGBT organization
  • Networking and alliance building
    • April 22 – 23, 2011
    • “ Promoting and protecting human rights of LGBT”
    • - 1 st national conference
    • - Over 30 representatives nationwide
    • (websites, clubs, individuals,
    • and institutions)
    • - Discuss issues and solutions
    • - 17 journalists with supportive
    • coverage
    • Common strategies
    • Network of LGBT
    • rights defenders
    • Future plans of LGBT community/network
    • Provide counseling services for LGBT on mental health, sexual health, HIV, dealing with social stigma, etc.
    • Support parents and friends of LGBT people
    Capture image of PFLAG.vn website
    • Reduce stigma and discrimination
    • Continuing collaboration with the press
    • Publishing books
    • “ It gets better”
    • Philanthropic
    • activities
    • Advocacy
    • Training on homosexuality for mass organizations (WU, FA, LA, YU, JA, and NGOs)
    • Training on advocacy skills for LGBT
    • Support local initiatives on social and policy changes
    • Evidence-based advocacy (consequences of stigma on mental health of LGBT people, etc.)
    • Proactive to seek collaboration with government agencies and national assembly
    • Regional and Int’l networking
    • Capacity building for LGBT
    • Training on management, leadership, lobby and advocacy, etc.
    • Resource mobilization: Foreign donors and domestic givers
    • LGBT network & movement: National LGBT conferences
  • Q &A Thank you for listening.