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Australia assists Vietnam in fostering gender equality

Released at: 13:32, 05/11/2018

Australia assists Vietnam in fostering gender equality

Ms. Phan Minh Thuy from Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry shared about applying newly gained knowledge and skills to mainstream gender equality in the workplace. Photo: Embassy of Australia.

Australian Government presents training course on gender equality for Vietnamese officials.

by Le Diem

With support from the Australian Government, officials from 17 Vietnamese government agencies working in the transport sector and on economic reform issues participated in the Australia Awards Short Course on Project Implementation to Optimize Gender Outcomes.

The training course was part of a series of activities offered by Aus4Vietnam, an Australian aid investment program in Vietnam, and was delivered by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

The course focused on sharing Australian experience in empowering women in the workplace and promoting gender equality in work and life.  

The 39 participants in the training course recently convened in Hanoi to share how they are applying their newly-gained knowledge and skills to mainstream gender equality in their workplaces.

Mr. Nguyen Van Tai, a Specialist at Project Management Unit 2 at the Ministry of Transport, said the course has helped him realize the importance of gender equality in the transport sector. He and his colleagues will mainstream gender equality into the planning and implementation of transport infrastructure, including feasibility studies, design, community consultation, land clearance, and construction, to ensure that transport infrastructure benefits both men and women.

“The course helped me think about women’s economic empowerment and how we can develop a sound legal framework, including the Law on Enterprises and the Law on Investment in 2019, to create an enabling environment for women-owned startups,” said Ms. Phan Minh Thuy from the Domestic Law Development Section at the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Australia is committed to ensuring that women substantively benefit from all Aus4Vietnam aid investments, irrespective of their sector. The 39 mid-level managers, both men and women, are the champions for change in promoting gender equality initiatives in their organizations so that no woman is left behind.

“Australia is strongly committed to advancing gender equality, though we have a long journey ahead of us,” said Ms. Rebecca Bryant, Chargé d’Affaires at the Australian Embassy. “Through our work in Vietnam, we learn as much as we teach on gender equality, and this symposium has helped on both counts. We are working with highly committed professionals in the transport and reform sectors who are thinking critically about gender challenges. I’m optimistic we can achieve much together for the benefit of Vietnam and Australia.” 

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