On 25 July 2017, the Institution for Scientific Socialism, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (NAPA-IS), with the support from Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia (RLS SEA), organized a competition on “Charming and talented women members of people’s council” in Bao Thang district, Lao Cai province.
The event was an opportunity for ethnic minority women in Lao Cai province to meet, exchange their ideas, experiences and show their talent and charms in managing their relations in family and at work. It also aimed at encouraging ethnic minority women to continue trying hard in their role as people’s representatives.
The 3 teams competed eith each other in 3 sessions: Traditional fashion, presentation skills and short drama. In between each part, there were a traditional music show and Q&A session – interactive with the audience. All the questions were raised by the more than 100 people about understanding of policies, law, women’s rights, local government, local system, etc.
In the 1st session, competitors wore their ethnic traditional clothing to present in a fashion show with description of the ethnic culture. In the 2nd session, in each group the women members of people’s council showed their presentation skills in delivering speeches on the topic of “How to fulfill the role of people’s representatives – keeping promise with the people?”.
The most highlighted session was short-drama with each group preparing their own short drama on various topics.
Topic 1: One women member of people’s council struggled in finding a way to keep her promises on how to facilitate the local initiatives for new means of living. After receiving her husband’s and female colleague’s support, she thought of promoting typical agriculture products in her area.
Topic 3: This short drama addressed the relations of a mother-in-law and the daughter, who also is a women member of people’s council. The mother put pressure on the daughter to have a 3rd child, expected to be a boy (since the last 2 children were girls) since she believes a boy is more valuable than a girl in their traditional belief. But as a women member of people’s council, the daughter cares more about her role, duty and responsibility and following the 2-child policy of the State. More importantly, she believes that gender are equal. At the end, the mother-in-law was convinced by her son’s and daughter’s explanation and agreed to support the daughter in her work more.
The event was an initiative for the locality which attracted the participation of a local audience. It was not only promoting the image of ethnic minority women members of people’s council but also enhancing their capacity and widening their networks.