With support from the Australian Government through the Aus4Skills program, officials from 17 Vietnamese government agencies working in the transport sector and on economic reform issues participated in the training course. The course focused on sharing Australian experience in empowering women in the workplace and promotion of gender equality in work and life.
|Chargé d’Affaires Rebecca Bryant, from the Australian Embassy in Vietnam delivering the opening remark|
“The course has helped me realize the importance of gender equality in the transport sector. My colleagues and I will mainstream gender equality into the planning and implementation of transport infrastructure including feasibility study, design, community consultation, land clearance and construction to ensure that transport infrastructure benefits both men and women,” said Nguyen Van Tai, Specialist of the Project Management Unit 2, Ministry of Transport.
|Nguyen Van Tai, Specialist of the Project Management Unit 2, Ministry of Transport, presenting the group’s plan|
“The course helped me think about women’s economic empowerment and how we can develop a sound legal framework, including the Enterprise Law and Investment Law in 2019, to create an enabling environment for women-owned startups,” said Phan Minh Thuy, Domestic Law Development Section, Legal Department, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Australia is committed to ensuring that women substantively benefit from all Aus4Vietnam aid investments, irrespective of their sector. The 39 mid-level managers, both men and women, are the champions for change in promoting gender equality initiatives in their organizations so that no woman is left behind.
|Instructors and students voting the best plan|
“Australia is strongly committed to advancing gender equality, though we have a long journey ahead of us. Through our work in Vietnam, we learn as much as we teach on gender equality, and this symposium has helped on both counts. We are working with highly committed professionals in the transport and reform sectors who are thinking critically about gender challenges. I’m optimistic we can achieve much together for the benefit of Vietnam and Australia,” said Chargé d’Affaires Rebecca Bryant, from the Australian Embassy in Vietnam.
This training course is part of a series of activities offered by Aus4Vietnam, an Australian aid investment in Vietnam and was delivered by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
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