“Respecting children’s opinions” is one of the four main principles to ensure the implementation of children’s rights. Accordingly, children must be able to freely express their opinions and participate meaningfully in decision-making processes on matters relating to children. In other words – before making decisions related to children, it is necessary to consult with children and consider their feelings, so that appropriate decisions can be made that help to bring “the best interests of the child”.
“Study on young people’s perception of discrimination in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City” is one of the opportunities for children to express their views, thoughts and comments on the situation of discrimination against children in the family, school and community, share their perception of discrimination as “insider” or “witness”. Through the children’s reflection, the issue of “discrimination against children” is outlined in a very realistic and specific way, helping us to have a clearer picture of the origin and context of the phenomenon of discrimination, who discriminates against whom, what forms of discrimination is shown in, and how it affects children’s thoughts, feelings and conceptions of life. Also from their own perspectives, the children made many recommendations and solutions to contribute to reducing discrimination against children.
The views expressed in this report belong to two consultants invited by the Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD) to conduct this study: Pham Thi Thu Phuong and Hoang Thu Trang, not necessarily represent the views of MSD and Save the Children International.
Suggested citations: Pham Thi Thu Phuong and Hoang Thu Trang (2018) Talk about discrimination: A study on young people’s perceptions of discrimination in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh, Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD), Hanoi.