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1/7/2019 4:12:37 PM

Plan International Vietnam creates safe and friendly public space for girls

‘This is the first time we have a playground in our residence, which really belongs to us’ - a girl from Hai Boi commune, Dong Anh district on the outskirts of Hanoi shared.

On January 3, Plan International Vietnam in cooperation with Dong Anh district announced the opening of three safe and friendly playgrounds for girls in Hai Boi commune, Dong Anh district, within the framework of ‘Safer cities for girls’ project.

The inauguration ceremony of a new safe playground for Dong Anh’s children. (Photo: Plan)

This is the 13th public space that we work with the district and commune authorities, local residents, boys, girls and technicians from Think Play Ground to construct. The project attracted participation from the whole community, either technical support like rebuilding the space, planting, wall-painting or financial support.

After two months of construction, three well-quipped playgrounds for adults and children, especially girls have been finalised and bring into daily use.

‘This is the first time we have a playground in our residence, which really belongs to us’ - a girl from Hai Boi commune, Dong Anh district, Hanoi shared with us.

The girl shared more: ‘I like the swing and the wooden tent the most, where my friends and I can gather and play. Previously, the space was just for boys and adults to play their football and shuttlecock games while we had nothing to do, but now this is where we come frequently to play with everyone'.

Children play in the new playground. (Photo: Plan)

Since 2014, Plan International Vietnam has started cooperation with the Dong Anh District People's Committee to implement the “Safer Cities for Girls” project. It aims to create a safe and friendly city where people - especially women and girls - are free to work and live, access or use public services, focusing on awareness raising activities of local agencies and organisations; providing knowledge and skills for boys, girls, parents and teachers on the prevention and response to gender-based violence in public places. In particular, the project is piloting safe communities in Kim Chung and Hai Boi communes and supporting the replication of the whole district.

Plan also set up two safe, inclusive and gender-responsive playgrounds in North Thang Long high schools which inaugurated and put into use on May 18; Kim Chung Junior High School inaugurated and put into use on May 21, and one more in Nguyen Khe commune inaugurated and put into use on June 11.

In mean time, Plan International Vietnam is continuing to coordinate with the Dong Anh District People's Committee and local communes to set up more safe community playgrounds, which is expected to create peaceful and friendly places for nearly 4,500 boys and girls./.

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