Reproductive health video by Vietnamese teens shown at Thai seminar

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Báo Thanh Niên English - 33 month(s) ago 6 readings

A short video by four Vietnamese high school students about teenage reproductive health was recently shown at a seminar in Thailand after it won first prize in a national contest.

Binh Dinh Province 11th graders Tran Le Ky Duyen, Tran Bich Tram, Nguyen Thuc Thao Tien, and Cao Duc Thoai made the five-minute video using a collection of photos they took to tell the story of a schoolgirl who tried to commit suicide after being stigmatized for becoming pregnancy by friends and family.

She tries to kill herself on camera after asking why her parents had kept ignoring her questions about sex. She is saved by her mother who finally become supportive following advice from a psychologist.

The contest was organized by the Hanoi-based Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population together with the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Center for Women, and sponsored by the Ford Foundation as part of efforts to reduce unexpected pregnancies and teenage abortions.

Online votes were polled between August and November last year, and the results were announced in December.

Tram says: “There’s a photo of a boy taking the girl to a guesthouse. Some viewers left negative responses, so we were worried.”

She and her team were relieved when it won the first prize.

On March 26 Duyen attended the Southeast Asian seminar on teenage reproductive health in Thailand on behalf of the group.

“The organizers only showed videos from Vietnam and Thailand that day. Many people from other countries told me ours was good."

The group's message at the end of the video is: “Our film aims to serve as a warning for everyone, that they should not let unfortunate things happen if they can change it with knowledge.

“There is only one big miracle you can achieve for yourself. That is the happiness of being parents when you are ready.”

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