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03.03.2017 - Education Sector

Education, museum and media officers promote gender equality in Viet Nam

©UNESCO/Christine Hanna

Viet Nam has made significant progress in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, but violence, persistent male preference, and limited access to education in remote and ethnic minority areas still remain common challenges for girls and women.

A two-day training in Thach That district of Ha Noi gave representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, the National Institute of Education Management, and the national radio broadcaster Voice of Vietnam the opportunity to build their knowledge and skills to advance gender equality.

The training on 23-24 February 2017 built understanding of gender concepts by examining gender stereotypes, biases and discrimination in mass media and textbooks. Participants realized the serious implications of gender inequality on girls’ and women’s access to education and personal well-being through real-life illustrations of gender disparities within schools and the wider community.

Ms Tran Thi Phuong Nhung, UNESCO Gender Programme Manager, highlighted the officers’ key role in promoting gender equality, and encouraged them to “critically monitor and evaluate gender-related practices and norms as they are paramount to Viet Nam’s development, especially within the Education Sector.”

Awareness-raising campaigns

Participants discussed actions that they could take to advance gender equality in their respective spheres and developed draft action plans to ensure consideration of gender in legal documents, policies and in all stages of activity planning and implementation. Gender awareness-raising campaigns for the public were identified as key strategies across all sectors.  

After the training, these action plans will be discussed and further developed within the participants’ respective MOET, Museum and Media agency departments. Participants will also be engaged to support the implementation of the MOET and UNESCO’s Joint Initiative on Gender Equality and Girls’ Education.

The training took place as part of the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education, which was established in 2012 under the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

For more information, please contact Ms. Tran Thi Phuong Nhung, Gender Programme Manager, at tt.nhung(at)unesco.org

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