On the 9th of August, 2021, Ms. Deborah Paul, Ambassador of Canada to Vietnam has officially signed the agreement to sponsor an amount of VND 635,954,000 (CAD 34,888.44) for the Institute of Social Development Studies to implement the Project “Promoting gender-equality and safe migration for Vietnamese undocumented women migrant workers through inclusive governance and women capacity building”. The funding comes from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), managed by the Embassy of Canada in Vietnam.
The project will be implemented from September 2021 to February 2022, in Can Loc & Thach Ha districts, and Hong Linh town of Ha Tinh province.
The main goal of the project is to promote gender equality and safety in labor migration for women. Key activities will include:
(1) Conducting training workshops to improve knowledge about gender, gender-based violence, and safe migration skills for women in Ha Tinh migrating abroad for work, in order to support women combating gender discrimination and gender-based violence, and enhance their socio-economic power in their family and community in the long term;
(2) Developing and publishing a documentation of women’s labor migration experiences to the public and policy makers, to make visible women migrants’ significant socio-economic contributions, as well as the profound challenges they face throughout the migration process;
(3) Establishing an online network among migrant women to enhance the exchange of information, knowledge, and access to online support in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The direct beneficiaries of the project are 100 women who migrate for work abroad (have returned or are preparing to depart), living in three districts and towns in Ha Tinh province – a region with increasing number of women migrants working overseas in recent years. The project’s documentation of women migrant experiences will be widely publicized to raise awareness about their significant contributions to the families and communities, and the many challenges and difficulties of their migration journey. Thereby, the project wants policy makers and society as a whole to strengthen their support and protection of the rights of labor migrants in general, and of women migrant workers in particular.