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Safety of adolescent girls on public transport discussed

Hanoi, July 31 (VNA) – A workshop held in Hanoi on July 30 discussed the safety of adolescent girls in urban areas and on public transport.

The event was jointly organised by Plan International Vietnam, the Hanoi Public Transport Management and Operation Centre (TRAMOC) and the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS).

The workshop took place as part of a project carried out from February 2014 to December 2015 to ensure the safety of adolescent girls on public transport in Hanoi, according to Deputy Director of ISDS, Duong The Binh.

The initiative aims to develop a legal framework to protect adolescent girls and the population at large in urban areas, Binh said.

Alana Livesey from Plan International said the programme involved girls between the age of 13-18 in five cities throughout the world, namely Hanoi (Vietnam), Cairo (Egypt), Delhi (India), Kampala (Uganda) and Lima (Peru).

As many as 20 radio programmes on gender equality, sexual harassment and gender-based violence were broadcast on the national transport channel of Voice of Vietnam (VOV) every Monday.

More than 330 bus drivers and conductors in Hanoi were trained on gender equality and gender-based violence in public spaces, and how to help female passengers in case they experience sexual harassment or violence.

Some 10,000 adolescent girls travel by bus in Hanoi every month.

During the workshop, some girls shared their own stories about safety on public transport.
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