26.01.2017 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

"Reaching Out" Reports on Preventing and Addressing SRGBV and SOGIE-related Violence present new data on Viet Nam’s Schools


Ha Noi, 26 January 2017 - Two reports released by UNESCO Ha Noi and UNESCO Bangkok reveal distinct gaps in education stakeholder groups’ awareness and understandings of School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV). Reports also caution that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students are at particularly high risk of experiencing violence with more than 70% of LGBT students reporting having experienced physical and verbal abused.

Reaching Out – Volume 1: Preventing and Addressing School-related Gender-based Violence in Viet Nam sits within broader efforts by the Government of Viet Nam and in particular the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to recognise and respond to SRGBV in schools in Viet Nam. It represents one practical research-based step amongst many in Viet Nam’s response to SRGBV.

Read the full report here in English and Vietnamese.

Reaching Out – Volume 2: Preventing and Addressing Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression (SOGIE) -related School Violence in Viet Nam, commissioned by UNESCO Ha Noi, sheds light on the ways in which students experience SOGIE-related school violence, what schools are doing to address such violence, and provides recommendations for further research and interventions.

Read the full report here in English and Vietnamese.

The reports draw on evidence from nearly 3,700 survey participants, 280 Focus-Group Discussion (FGD) participants and 85 In-Depth Interviews (IDIs) with students (including LGBT students), school staff and parents in 6 provinces throughout Viet Nam. Other key findings from the two reports include:

  • Stereotypes and prejudices against gender non-conformity, femininity and perceived ‘weakness’ are among the leading factors of SRGBV. 
  • The studies highlight the existence of clear negative academic and well-being outcomes for victims of SRGBV. Because of this new guidelines are needed to overcome a culture of inaction and fear surrounding SRGBV so that schools can become safer and more supportive spaces. 
  • LGBT students presented stronger awareness of SOGIE-related school violence in comparison to other groups, most particularly verbal violence and its negative long-term effects.


These reports would not have been possible without the generous financial contributions from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, and UNAIDS United Budget, Accountability and Results Framework (UBRAF) funding for UNESCO. Additional support to finalise the report was also provided through the East Asia Pacific UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and UNICEF East Asia Pacific Regional Office as part of regional efforts to address SRGBV.


For more information please contact us at hivinfo.bgk(at)unesco.org or contact Mr. Toshiyuki Matsumoto, UNESCO Viet Nam Education Programme Specialist, at t.matsumoto(at)unesco.org

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