Australia launches $1.9 million project to support women in Vietnam

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Ethnic Hmong women selling vegetables at the mountainous Bac Ha weekly Sunday market in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai on November 2, 2014. Photo credit: AFP Ethnic Hmong women selling vegetables at the mountainous Bac Ha weekly Sunday market in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai on November 2, 2014. Photo credit: AFP

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The Australian government has announced a new three-year A$2.5 million (US$1.9 million) project to support women’s economic empowerment in two Vietnamese provinces.
The Women’s Economic Empowerment through Agriculture Value Chain Enhancement (WEAVE) project, scheduled to run until 2019, will support more than 1,800 women and men in the northern provinces of Lao Cai and Bac Kan to improve their livelihoods.
It will also place particular emphasis on supporting women smallholder farmers and cooperatives to strengthen their skills in marketing, financial literacy, business planning, negotiation and legal matters.
Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, said in a statement that the project, which she launched in Hanoi on Friday, is the latest initiative in Australia’s ongoing efforts to promote women’s economic empowerment in Vietnam. Stott Despoja is on her three-day visit to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The Australian government will provide the amount to implement the WEAVE project for a consortium of three international NGOs -- SNV, Oxfam and CARE International.

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