|Step it up: Hà Nội’s young people sang and danced on Đinh Tiên Hoàng walking street on Sunday to raise awareness of the passers-by about the gender equality and freedom of choice. VNS Photo Bạch Liên|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Several hundreds of Hà Nội’s young people took part in “Dance for love”, which was held around Hoàn Kiếm Lake in Hà Nội yesterday, to honour love, freedom and gender equality on the occasion of the upcoming Vietnamese Women’s Day.
Six teams of Vietnamese youth danced and sang on Đinh Tiên Hoàng walking street, informing passers-by about gender equality and freedom of choice. Attracted by the joyful dance and songs, many local inhabitants and tourists joined the teams by singing and dancing with them.
“Vietnamese Women’s Day on October 20 or the International Women’ Day on March 8 shouldn’t be only the occasion to honour women. But I think that they are an occasion to honour love, respect and mutual support between family members, friends and lovers. Let’s make this day meaningful for both women and men,” said Vũ Phương Thảo, deputy director of the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE), the organising committee.
"This event was organised to raise awareness about the true meaning of love. Love someone doesn’t mean that we put pressure on someone and expect him/her do what we want, but it means that we respect and support his/her choice, so that both women and men are free to develop their personal ability and live happily with their choice,” she added.
A newly released report by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Việt Nam’s Institute for Family and Gender Studies, warns of the possibility of a rise in gender inequality in Việt Nam.
This inequality is caused by inflexible community opinions (preconceived ideas) about the role of men and women at home and in the society.
Dance for Love was the newly founded WEQUAL’s first event. The organisation works on gender equality, with the support of iSEE and Oxfam in Việt Nam, as well as of Hà Nội’s authorities. — VNS