Vietnamese girls take part in #GirlsTakeover 2020

In response to the International Day of the Girls October 11, Plan International Vietnam cooperated with Ehomebooks to organize the Girls Take Over event integrated with the Fundraising Campaign "Dream on A WIng".

On September 30, Dung, 12 years old, took over the Chairman of the People’s Committee at Nan Ma commune (Ha Giang province) to host the “#GirlsTakeover – Girls strive for gender equality” event at her school. Photo: Plan International Vietnam

#GirlsTakeover is a campaign launched globally by the Plan International, which encourages girls to step into the shoes of country leaders to call on their governments to remove the barriers that deny millions of their rights.

In Vietnam, more than 500 young girls have participated in the campaign since 2016.

This October, Plan International Vietnam is once again reaching out to everyone, from children, families, communities to the local authorities and the government, to kick start #GirlsTakeover 2020 in celebration of International Day of Girls.

On October 9, 15 girls from universities and high schools in Hanoi were empowered by the directors of the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Photo: Plan International Vietnam

On September 30, Dung, 12 years old, took over the Chairman of the People’s Committee at Nan Ma commune to host the “#GirlsTakeover – Girls strive for gender equality” event at her school.

This is the first ever #GirlsTakeover activity in Nan Ma commune, a remote, especially difficult commune in Xin Man, Ha Giang province making this a special opportunity for Dung and other girls to raise their voice to strive for a world that is safe and gender-responsive.

In Hanoi, the #GirlsTakeover campaign was organized on October 11 with many meaningful activities by the Plan International Vietnam Organization, in coordination with Ehomebooks.

17-year-old student Dang Thuy Duong from Hanoi-based Van Noi High School and 18-year-old student Bui Y Nhi from the University of Law were empowered by Director of the Plan International Vietnam Sharon Kane and Editor-in-Chief of Ehomebooks Trinh Minh Tuan. Photo: Plan International Vietnam

Thuy Duong, 17 years old and Y Nhi, 18 years old, took over the Country Director of Plan International Vietnam and Editor-in-Chief of Ehomebooks during the #GirlsTakeover event - "Dreams on a Wing" fundraising campaign. In their new positions, Thuy Duong and Y Nhi worked together to develop a cooperation plan between the company and the organization to help girls become safer when using social networks.

This is an opportunity for girls to share the creative and unique perspectives of the young generation in the plans of company or organization.

The two girls put new and creative perspectives of the young generation into plans of companies or organizations when they have the opportunity to take power and make decisions.

Y Ha, 14 years old, took over the Principal of Po E school in Kon Tum province to host the #GirlsTakeover – Mid-Autumn Celebration event at her school. Through this event, Y Ha has helped to change the prejudice of what girls and young women can do, as well as inspired girls to take the lead. Photo: Plan International Vietnam

Before that, on October 9, 15 girls from universities and high schools in Hanoi were empowered by the directors of the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Together, they built up work plan for the company when taking on important positions such as Human Resources Manager, Director of the pharmaceutical branches , as well as listening to inspiring sharings from female leaders.

In this event, the representative of Plan International Vietnam's Youth Advisory Committee, Minh Hien, 20 years old, shared the meaning of the Girls Takeover series, as well as introduced and encouraged students to sign the open letter calling for girls' safety online.

Nhan, 13 years old, Thai ethnicity, took over the Principal of Khong Lao Secondary School, Lai Chau province.  Photo: Plan International Vietnam

“I want to play with friends! I want to go to school”

That is the wish of Thuy - a Vietnamese girl and also the main character in the picture book "Dream on A Wing for all children in the world”. Thuy's life has changed a lot after receiving the help of international friends, she has clean water, food, and a chance to go to school.

It is Thuy's story that inspired Ehomebooks to carry out the fundraising campaign "Dream on A Wing" from October 1 to October 31. The campaign will print 3,000 books "Dream on A Wing for all children in the world" to help thousands of children in Vietnam read more books. When you buy a book, you donate 6,000 VND to the Fund "Dreams on A Wing" which is used to print books for children sponsored by Plan International Vietnam.

Phuong Minh