International Women’s Day: Australia adds gender element to all development projects

Source: Pano feed

Đăng ký: VietNam News

(CPV) – “We must use the celebration of International Women’s Day to highlight the plight of women still fighting for freedom and equality, for when that is achieved it will be for the betterment of us all,” said Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Australia is using this year’s International Women’s Day to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was agreed by 189 countries. The mission of the Platform for Action was to remove all obstacles to women’s participation in public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.

Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to the Platform by establishing a benchmark that 80 per cent of all aid investments, irrespective of objectives, effectively address gender equality issues in implementation. In Vietnam, this means that in addition to specific programs that address gender issues, Australian Government assistance in all other areas, from infrastructure, to agriculture and human resource development, also contributes to achieving gender equality.

“Australia is committed to supporting and partnering other countries to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. The shift in our priorities for the development program has been welcomed by Vietnamese partners and people,” said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Mr Hugh Borrowman in a press release issued on March 5th.

In Vietnam, around AUD50 million of Australia’s aid funding supported initiatives which advanced gender equality in 2014. One such project was aimed at raising awareness of the gender imbalance at birth and the negative consequences of this imbalance; through another, Australia is supporting efforts to provide shelter and services for women and children experiencing gender-based violence and human trafficking – the only such shelters in Vietnam. The Australian Government is also supporting the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs to train women candidates for the 2016 National Assembly elections.

The Australian Government is involved in a number of events to mark International Women’s Day in Vietnam. It is the main supporter for an ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) Forum on March 6th-7th, and has organised a photo competition with the theme of “Gender equality through alumni lenses”, with winning photos to be exhibited at an alumni BBQ on March 7th.

Under the theme “ASEAN women entrepreneurs in AEC: Transforming opportunities into realities”, AWEN Forum will take place at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi.

The event aims at creating a platform for regional sharing of experiences and best practices on women’s entrepreneurship development, as well as promoting trade and investment opportunities for women-led enterprises in the region in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community’s establishment by the end of this year./.