23 October 2020, Hanoi, Viet Nam – Nearly 1 million people are already struggling with the impact of severe flooding across central Viet Nam over the past weeks, with a third tropical storm – Saudel – predicted to make landfall this Sunday 25 October. CARE is particularly worried about the impact on women and girls, and those already struggling with the economic impacts of COVID-19.
History of CARE International’s work in Vietnam
Since 1989, CARE International has been working with women from ethnic minority groups in the most remote areas of Vietnam to support them to have equal opportunity and participate in, and benefit from, the country’s overall economic growth.
Vietnam has 53 minority groups who make up about 15% of the population, each with their own languages, traditions, and cultural norms. These groups often face the greatest poverty and discrimination, with women being doubly disadvantaged as a result of their gender and ethnicity.
Vietnam also suffers seasonally from natural disasters and is especially vulnerable to cyclones and flooding.
What CARE International does in Vietnam
CARE Vietnam prioritizes working with women from ethnic minorities and who live in rural communities. This includes women who are socially isolated, women who have little access to land and markets, and women who are most affected by external hazards and shocks.
We also work with men in ethnic minority communities to gain their support, as well as more advantaged ethnic minority communities who can influence change. We promote partnerships with community-based groups and national NGOs.
Our work in Vietnam focuses on:
- Preventing gender-based violence
- Increasing economic opportunities for women and rural communities
- Reducing sexual harassment and abuse in the garment industry
- Providing information and access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene practices
- Helping rural communities adapt to the climate emergency
- Strengthening civil society organizations