Vietnam has a long history of women’s organizing through various groups such as the Vietnam Women’s Union, and has passed robust laws to fight gender inequalities. Within the context of its high vulnerability to climate change due to increased flooding, typhoons and extended drought, it is imperative that the solutions crafted are responsive to the ways in which asymmetries of power between men and women play out. Photo credit: WECAN International
When the Kien Giang river flooded, the damage to the community of My Thuy was minimal due to women’s leadership. The Viet Nam Women’s Union and UN Women are supporting women like Huong Duong, a local shopkeeper, to be disaster preparedness “communicators” in their towns, monitoring for floods and preparing their neighbors for the worst to reduce the risk of severe damage, injuries and even death. While women are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters, their work on mitigating the impacts of these risks often goes unacknowledged. Photo credit: UN Women Viet Nam/Hoang Hiep
Climate Justice Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) by Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) and Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development (APWLD) joined forces for this documentary on coastal Vietnamese communities and their struggles to resist climate change impacts in their lives. Women are traditionally relegated to the household and lack participation in community affairs. That is what the FPAR project aims to tackle, by offering training and workshops to women so they can learn more about resilience and risk reduction, preparing for and dealing with the consequences of climate change, and influencing climate policies. Tran Vu Kim Hoa and Phan Thi Thanh Thuy share their success stories of utilising salty water and sandy terrain for watermelon crops. Le Thi Xuan Lan and Huynh Thi The speak about how they learned the importance of waste management for health and environmental maintenance, which improved quality of life and increased fishing activities. Watch more to see how this project positively impacted the lives of women in the region. Photo Credit: SRD and APWLD
Vietnam has a long history of women’s organizing through various groups such as the Vietnam Women’s Union, and has passed robust laws to fight gender inequalities. Within the context of its high vulnerability to climate change due to increased flooding, typhoons and extended drought, it is imperative that the solutions crafted are responsive to the ways in which asymmetries of power between men and women play out.
“Why Did The Fish Die?”: The Questions And Facebook Posts That Led Vietnam To Imprison A Mom Blogger
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as Mother Mushroom, is a Vietnamese blogger who on many occasions has blogged about human rights, environmental issues and environmental crimes. Her numerous writings on the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel company disaster shed light on why dozens of metric tons of fish died and drew government attention. Consequently, she has been assaulted and detained several times by the police. Now, she has been unjustly sentenced to ten years in prison for her online and offline activities. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency via AP
Women are usually represented or portrayed as “victims” of disasters, ignoring their ability to contribute to risk reduction. With the increasing vulnerabilities in South East Asia, especially Vietnam, it is important to recognize the women as active agent in coping strategy of Climate change by competent authorities. This book from UN Women aims to spread the awareness about how woman had been and is acting as Change maker. Photo credit: United Nations in Vietnam/Doan Bao Chau, Aidan Dockery