Child abuse prevention awareness training for domestic workers

Awareness of the different forms of child abuse and ways to protect children at home and at work were topics of the training for housekeepers or domestic workers at JupViec.vn, a technology company connecting household service workers and customers via mobile phone app in two major cities (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City).

At the training event. Source: CARE

At the training  in Ho Chi Minh City, risks of child abuse for girls, boys, children with disabilities, and children in other vulnerable circumstances were also discussed. In the future, CARE International, an international non-governmental organization, and JupViec will continue to cooperate to develop and finalise a Child Protection policy for the business.

This activity is a part of the Urban Migrant Entrepreneur Capital initiative (U-ME CAPITAL) funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) via the Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) with the implementation of CARE in Vietnam, LienVietPostBank and JupViec.vn.

More than 800 female house cleaners, who are working and partnering at JupViec.vn, have received cash support with a total value of around USD 70,000 to overcome the consequences emerging from the COVID-19. 

Each woman has received up to VND 3 million (around USD 130) via direct bank transfer. The support amount differs, depending on individual circumstances and financial damage caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

"These women working in the informal sector are amongst most vulnerable populations and most affected by the pandemic. During this time of uncertainties, the economic crisis caused by the outbreak may hit harder than the coronavirus itself, that protecting and supporting the people have never been more critical. Our end goal is to empower and help them to overcome this difficult time. We hope that by assisting in this way, the recipients can be more proactive and flexible in deciding their usage, spending the money according to their situation and priority," said Le Kim Dung, Country Director of CARE International in Vietnam at the cash transfer symbolic ceremony in June 2020.

According to Phan Hong Minh, Director of JupViec.vn, while social distancing in place, female workers in informal employment suffered from declining working hours, or even job losses. This led to greater financing pressures for the women that they still have to pay for living expenses, energy bills, etc. while having either less or no income. "In our case, there has been a significant decline in the number of orders on our platform in comparison to the same period last year and our working partners have also witnessed a drop in their earnings consequently," said Minh.

A quick survey conducted by CARE International in Vietnam and JupViec.vn shows that the majority of women who have received the emergency support this time will use the money to cover their costs of living, pay overdue house rents, buy medicine, clear their debts, or pay tuition fees for their children.

For part-time house cleaners who also have other side jobs such as online food shop owners, tailors, manicurist, waste collectors, etc., this money is also used to invest in their small businesses.

For those who work full-time as house cleaners at JupViec.vn, they intend to use the money to buy more cleaning equipment as well as to cover the cost of transportation, phone bills, and data usage when using the app for their work.

Ngoc Diu