"Reaching Out" Reports on Preventing and Addressing School-related Gender-based Violence and SOGIE-related Violence in Viet Nam Schools

Reaching Out report

"Reaching Out" Reports on Preventing and Addressing School-related Gender-based Violence and SOGIE-related Violence in Viet Nam Schools

Two reports recently released by UNESCO Ha Noi and UNESCO Bangkok Offices reveal distinct gaps in all education stakeholder groups’ awareness and understandings of school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) and that LGBT students were at particularly high risk of experiencing violence – 71% of LGBT students had been physically abused, and 72.2% verbally 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.

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

To read the full reports please visit:
Vol. 1: goo.gl/fVUZzL 
Vol. 2: goo.gl/0Yj2A9


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 collected 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’ were among the factors motivating SRGBV. 

• The study highlighted the existence of clear negative academic and wellbeing outcomes for victims of SRGBV, and new guidelines are needed to overcome a culture of inaction and fear around SRGBV so that schools can become safer and more supportive spaces. 

• LGBT students presented stronger awareness of SOGIE-related school violence than other groups, most particularly verbal violence and its negative long-term effects.

Feel free to contact hivinfo.bgk@unesco.org if you would like to learn more about the Reaching Out reports. 

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 school-related gender-based violence.


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