CARE Advancing Ethnic Minority Women Economic Empowerment in Vietnam
CARE International in Vietnam on March 2 collaborated with the People's Committees of Lai Chau and Ha Giang provinces to organize a workshop to launch the project "Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment in Vietnam (AWEEV)".
Brian Allemekinders, head of Cooperation at the Canada Embassy in Vietnam speaks at the event.
Funded by the Government of Canada, AWEEV contributes to enhancing the economic well-being of ethnic minority women in Vietnam by promoting economic rights, increasing their participation in paid economic activities, and strengthening their voice and leadership in decisions related to household livelihood activities and business activities.
The project believes that increasing economic well-being and quality of life will reduce poverty among ethnic minority women and their families.
It is estimated that 2,635 ethnic minority women and men in nine communes of Tam Duong and Quang Binh districts of Lai Chau and Ha Giang provinces will benefit from the project impacts.
In addition, AWEEV has been conducting research that will be shared directly with state agencies that manage socio-economic development interventions in ethnic minority and mountainous areas. These findings will contribute practical evidence to the implementation plans.
Brian Allemekinders, head of Cooperation at the Canada Embassy in Vietnam, affirmed that Canada is partnering to enable businesses, especially in rural areas, to participate more effectively in global value chains.
He stressed that fully unlocking the potential of women to contribute to the development of their communities is key in achieving national goals and objectives. Canada looks forward to seeing the results of the project realized, including improvement of the economic well-being as well as reduction of care burden for poor and rural women, particularly ethnic minority women.
Le Kim Dung, country director of CARE International in Vietnam.
Regarding the goal of the project, Le Kim Dung, country director of CARE International in Vietnam, shared that CARE believes that everyone has the right to economic resources and to make decisions about the use of these resources to improve the lives of themselves, their families and the community.
CARE understands that women need to have equal access and control over economic opportunities, assets, and resources for this to happen. This also requires lasting changes in the economy's structure and social stereotypes, Dung pointed out.
With a holistic and multi-dimensional approach, CARE expects the project will directly contribute to the Vietnam National Target Program on Socio-Economic Development in Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Areas for the period 2021-2030, especially seeing more clearly the role and position of ethnic minority women in particular and women in general.
Addressing the event, Tran Duc Quy, vice chairman of Ha Giang People Committee, warmly welcomed the goodwill and cooperation from the Canadian government and CARE International in Vietnam in implementing the AWEEV project.
With the orientation of sustainable economic and foreseen obstacles in introducing gender responsive initiatives in social economic development activities, the Party Committee and people of Ha Giang province in general, the government and people of Quang Binh district and the six project areas in particular, are eager for the benefit that project will bring.
At the project kick-off workshop, participants also participated in a panel discussion on women's economic rights and discussed possible solutions to reduce the time women spend on unpaid care work. one of the solutions contributing to the realization of their own economic rights.