Making The Voices of Young Key Populations Heard
Trang highlighted the sexual and reproductive health needs of groups of people that are often disenfranchised in Vietnam - ethnic minority girls from the northern area of the country and lesbians and transgender women in the capital city of Hanoi. Through capacity building workshops, photos, and interviews, Trang encouraged these vulnerable populations to share their stories, increased public awareness of the challenges that these populations face when accessing contraception and other health services, and advocated for policy makers to prioritize their wants and needs in policies and programs that affect them.
Through her project, Trang:
- Trained 25 young ethnic minority girls in digital storytelling, particularly photography and interviewing
- Created an e-book in English and Vietnamese that showcased 120 stories collected by ethnic minority girls and has reached 3,000 people
- Published a blog that shared the stories of 11 lesbian and transgender girls and women living in Hanoi that has been viewed 3,000 times by more than 1,000 unique viewers
Check out Trang's photo-blog and e-book!
Trang is a gender activist who believes in advocacy through an evidence-based approach. She is a lecturer for the Faculty of Social Work at the Vietnam Trade Union University. Previously, Trang was a social worker, providing direct support services for survivors of domestic violence, lesbians, and children who have been bullied. She recently turned her interest to research, focusing mostly on gender-based violence, sexual orientation discrimination, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Trang holds both a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Social Work.