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Vietnam apf presentation.dated april30 2011 final

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Vietnam apf presentation.dated april30 2011 final

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

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