Planète Enfants & Développement took part on October 8th in a Social Forum to support victims of gender-based violence, hosted in clinics and health hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam. This forum, which brought together around a hundred participants, was an opportunity to review the creation of a multidisciplinary reception unit within the hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Organized by UN Women, the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (DOLISA), Women Academy and Planète Enfants & Développement, the forum brought together hospital administrators, social workers, ministerial members and associations. One of the objectives of the forum was to promote a new model of one-stop shelter to assist survivors of gender-based violence in Ho Chi Minh City.

What is a one-stop shelter?
Composed of a team of complementary experts, a one-stop-shop shelter provides comprehensive assistance to victims of all kinds of violence: from physical and mental health care, to legal assistance, to recovery and rehabilitation services.

The centre will also be able to address the underlying causes of gender-based violence in families, such as poverty, employment problems linked to a lack of professional skills, etc. This type of centre has already been successfully set up in Thailand and the Philippines since 2007.

Why set up the centre in a hospital?
When they go to the hospital for treatment, victims of violence can then meet social worker that will accompany them more globally according to their story. This approach is easier than going to a traditional shelter which can be stigmatising and less accessible.

What led to the desire to set up this model of centre?
Gender-based violence, particularly against women, already commonplace in Vietnam, exploded in the spring in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. At the same time, access to shelters was becoming more and more difficult because of lockdown and diminishing subsidies. There was an urgent need to respond to the victims. Ho Chi Minh City is now waiting for official validation to begin work. Planète Enfants & Développement will contribute to the financing of the work and equipment.

This support centre for victims of gender-based violence is part of the more global framework of our new Hy-Vong project in Vietnam. This project, in partnership with 3 other organisations, aims to provide an effective response to the problem of gender-based violence in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam through four components:

  • prevention by involving young people in collaboration with universities,
  • the protection of victims
  • civil society capacity building
  • the evolution and better application of laws (advocacy)

> Find out more about Hy Vong: consult the project sheet

October, 19th 2020