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Australia helps Vietnam advance women in leadership

Released at: 20:15, 08/09/2017

Australia helps Vietnam advance women in leadership

Ninteen participants of the first course of Women in Leadership Journey. Photo: Embassy of Australia

Advancing Women in Leadership launched by Australian Government to support the role of Vietnamese women.

by Le Diem

The Advancing Women in Leadership component of Aus4Skills - an Aus4Vietnam investment from the Australian Government - was launched on September 8 after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on September 7 between Aus4Skills and the Center for Gender Studies and Women’s Leadership (GeLead) at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, followed by the launch of the Australia Awards Short Course - Women in Leadership Journey.

The MoU marks the start of cooperation activities between Aus4Skills and GeLead, a teaching, consultancy, and research unit of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. The cooperation will strengthen GeLead’s skills in research and curriculum development and mainstreaming gender equitable leadership within its Advanced Diploma in Politics.

“Our collaboration with Aus4Skills in promoting gender equality will have a long-term and far-reaching impact, since the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics is the national center for training mid-level and high-ranking leaders and officials in Vietnam’s political system.” said Professor Nguyen Xuan Thang, Member of the Party Central Committee and Party Secretary and President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Craig Chittick, said that Australia is committed to supporting Vietnam to achieve its gender equality objectives. “Gender equality is a driving force for socioeconomic growth and sustainable development,” he said. “Through Aus4Skills, we are helping to increase the representation of women in political leadership and decision-making positions at all levels. Women and men will gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to be leaders.”

The Australia Awards Short Course - Women in Leadership Journey will be implemented by Flinders University and GeLead in both Australia and Vietnam. The ten-month program is an intensive learning experience for 19 participants who are female managers and lecturers from universities in the northern mountainous region and their key stakeholders.

“I appreciate my supervisor supporting me in attending this special program,” said Ms. Lo Thi Mai Thu, Vice Dean at Tay Bac University. “When the journey ends, I believe I will be equipped with new knowledge and skills that will enable me to actively participate in decision-making at the university.”

Aus4Skills is a five-year program providing support to Vietnam to achieve the shared goal of Vietnam accessing and using high level professional and technical knowledge, skills, and competencies to contribute to the country’s sustainable social and economic development.

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