Founded in 2001, the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) working for rights and developments on women and children. CSAGA hopes to become a pioneer among Vietnamese NGOs in using an art- and culture-based approach in preventing domestic violence, human trafficking, and corporal and psychological punishment of children.
Increasing the capacity of women and children who are victims (or who are at high risk of being victims) of domestic violence, corporal and psychological punishment, and/or human trafficking
Enhancing awareness and developing responsibilities of communities, local authorities, social organisations, and governmental organisations to support gender equality and the rights of children and women
Advocating actively to create a favourable legal framework to ensure the rights of women and children
Acknowledging culture and rights as two important factors for intervention and objectives of all activities.
Approaching humanity from the cultural angle is a basic principle that CSAGA leans on to solve social problems. CSAGA prioritises the use of art and creativity to orient individuals and community to learn together and change actively. The organisation also seeks to effect change through the improvement of knowledge and skill on self-protection and community helping of women and children. Forms of arts CSAGA has used include role play, short stories, body play, puppet play, body games, etc. These approaches have been integrated into activities such as:
– Designing and managing programmes
– Mass media intersections
One theme running through many of these efforts is the centrality of child/youth participation. For example, as part of “Improving informal education system for child laborers”, CSAGA emphasised communication, volunteer training for youth, and teaching and guiding activities for children. Communication groups were implemented through two major channels: the Voice of Vietnam (VoV) and cassette tapes. As part of the 8 months of VoV broadcasts, child labourers and youth volunteers took part as much as possible in helping improve the awareness of the whole civil society regarding child labour issues and the importance of educating children for staving off child labour. They assisted with the reportage of status and consequences of child labour, quoting studies on child labour, reporting (often live), broadcasting stories, conducting interviews, and receiving questions and feedback through air-mail (to VOV), email, and phone calls to CSAGA. Also, children’s groups and youth volunteer groups participated in compiling and selecting contents and style for 2 cassette tapes featuring details from the radio programmes.
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