"I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

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"I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” is the theme of International Women’s Day in 2020, initiated by UN Women.

It has been witnessing more efforts from different leaders, businesses and civil societies into narrowing the unequal gap between genders, as well as protecting and advancing women’s rights. Nevertheless, we are now still facing many challenges in forging a gender equal world and maximising women’s rights.

The UN Women's theme reminds me of the #MeToo movement occurring over two years ago. This has gone globally and raised concerns about harassing and assaulting women. The movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault has driven attention of the public and governments to women’s inequality in every society sector and women rights.

ChildFund Vietnam is a child-focused organisation, working on the promotion of children rights in our working areas. We commit to break down all the gender barriers which prevent our boys and girls from realising their rights. By carrying out various projects in Cao Bang, Hoa Binh, Bac Kan in cooperation with the government through its subordinate department, local representatives and bodies under United Nation in Vietnam, ChildFund has been contributing to elimating the bias awareness towards genders, encouraging the participation and development of adolescents and children, especially those of girls and female adolescents. There have been many initiatives to unleash the economic power of women, including that of women in ethnic minorities. This has initially posed some positive influences on the woman’s life and children who belong to such poverty or vulnerable family and society.

ChildFund Pass It Back (run in Hoa Binh) and three different projects concerning unleashing the economic power of women and raising awareness towards gender equality in Cao Bang, Hoa Binh, Bac Kan are among our most typical work that match the theme.

ChildFund Pass It Back has enabled 74 coaches, 40 of them are young females to drive the change in their local communities. These coaches then support more than 2000 children and adolescents from poor communes in Hoa Binh (among them girls account for over half the population) to play rugby and improve their awareness towards gender barriers. The curricular also enables young women to become rugby coaches, increasing their income and raising their voices within family as well as society.

Also, the Unleashing the Economic power of women and raising Awareness towards Gender equality projects have encouraged more initiatives of creating appropriate livelihood models, fitting with the diversity of local biological landscape and benefiting better the involved women. To name, activities in projects such as training farmers on small-scale production models, gathering production groups with new crop varieties such as passion fruit, clean vegetables or family scale livestock farming supported by advanced techniques and science, have been helping 1000 farmer households to obtain higher financial profits. All of the activities are initiated and managed by local women. In addition, we have also organised communication campaigns with a large number of participants who were women and their partners (our target audience is 3000 men), in order to expand people’s understanding of issues related to gender bias, motivating them to share useful information with each other regularly.

Photo: Ms Nguyen Thi Bich Lien playing with the children in Cao Bang (ChildFund Vietnam/Dam Van Khoa)

On a national scale, ChildFund has cooperated with UN Women in Vietnam to organise the “Generation Equality Fairy tales competition”. This inspiring initiative has been well received by the public, which is a strong evidence of how the young generation nowadays cares about the gender stigma elimination and wants to contribute to the positive change. ChildFund Vietnam is working towards creating a world in which children have equal opportunities to develop their full potential without any barriers. By supporting this contest, we once again share our strong commitment to breaking down any gender based barriers to children’s and youth’s development.

In ChildFund, we are proud to say that 76% of our leadership positions are taken by women. We have many development polices working on unleashing our female staff’s potential with wide range of internal training sessions on challenges faced by both males and females when it comes to gender inequalities. In the modern context, we also believe that a gender equal world mentions to not only men and women, but also people with third gender, bisexuality or non-binary gender, giving them all the equal chances to have human’s rights and contribute to the society development.

We wish you a memorable day being full of joy and energy when it comes to talking about women’s role and our common missions of all genders to create an equal generation!

"I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” is the theme of International Women’s Day in 2020, initiated by UN Women.

 

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