We’re working with adolescent girls, bus drivers and ticket inspectors to make buses safe in Hanoi, Vietnam, so girls can travel through the city free from abuse.
Cities such as Vietnam’s capital Hanoi provide girls with more opportunities than rural areas. However, they also put girls at a higher risk of abuse.
Around 10,000 adolescent girls travel by bus in Hanoi every month, risking sexual violence harassment and theft. Our research shows that over 40% of girls seldom or never feel safe when using public transport in Hanoi. Lack of safe public transport is one of the greatest barriers stopping girls from moving around cities independently.
Plan International Vietnam has established a youth media project which spreads awareness about safety on buses.
The youth group hand out their comics at bus stops and ticket offices across the city to help keep girls safe on public transport. So far, 40,000 comic books have been distributed to passengers.
In addition, 4,600 bus drivers and ticket collectors have been trained by Plan International to stop girls being abused on buses.