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3/7/2019 10:55:14 PM

National competition "Technologies for Equality" launched

The Australian and Irish Embassies in Vietnam on March 6 launched a national competition ‘Technologies for Equality’ to promote the application of technologies to empower rural women’s lives.


At the event. Photo: Australia In Vietnam

The Embassies have marked this year’s International Women’s Day with a lively celebration of women and innovation, inspired by the global theme for this year’s International Women’s Day - Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.

The event showcased technology that has improved the lives of rural women. The first was a mobile application called ‘Safe Journey’, which provides job matching and accommodation advice for migrant women, developed by PLAN International Vietnam with the support of Australia. The second was a tea processing facility, supported by the Center for Development and Integration with funding from Ireland, which helps female ethnic minority tea farmers in Son La province improve post-harvest processing and product quality.


Ha Thi Nu, leader of Muong Do tea production cooperative showcasing high-quality tea products which are processed with the technological support from the government of Ireland.

At the event, the Chargé d'Affaires of Australia to Vietnam, Rebecca Bryant, and Ambassador of Ireland to Vietnam, Cáit Moran, both spoke about inspirational women in their lives, while Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology Bui The Duy spoke about the need to close the digital divide for women and girls.

“Gender equality is at the heart of Ireland’s newly launched policy for international development, A Better World. As part of Irish Aid’s support to rural ethnic minority women in Vietnam, Ireland is delighted to support this innovative competition which will give Vietnamese women an opportunity to unleash their innate creativity,” stressed Ambassador Cáit Moran./.

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