On Sunday 20 August 2017, the Research Center for Gender, Family and Community Development (GFCD), with support from Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia (RLS SEA), organized an event for women, especially ethnic women members of people’s councils at Kim Boi district, Hoa Binh province with the theme of “Competition on Knowledge and Leadership skills in Local Government Organisation law and Gender equality law”.
The event aimed at raising awareness, educating a core women “force” who are members of people’s councils and also be a “change agent” in the community. The 60 women participating in the event are expected to use their knowledge and skills achieved through the process for application in their work, society, and family and gradually change the traditional prejudiceand attitude towards women’s role in political participation.
The competition was divided into 3 sessions of Q&A to find the best woman, who was most knowledgeable. Questions like “Women after delivery are allowed to have children accompanied with them in the training with support from government up to what age?” or “In the implementation process of gender equality law, what is the role of local people’s council?” or “People’s Council at the commune level conducts confidence votes for whom?”, etc.
This form of activity is highly effective and suitable for the women, especially ethnic minority women in mountainous areas of Vietnam. It is not a theory-based module but is interesting to people due to the cheerful and competitive spirit and questions on the understanding of law, which are relevant to their work and lives.
The representative of the local government expressed appreciation and the wish for more similar activities for the local women in the future. This form of activity should be emphasized and continued.