With these efforts, despite the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project still creates positive changes in the lives of women.
Ethnic minority women who participated in the event shared their stories about how GREAT worked with government agencies, NGOs and businesses for women to take part in production and business chains, promote leadership skills and solve policy framework challenges.
Hà Thị Huế and Lò Thị Hà from Xuân Nha Clean Bamboo Shoots Cooperative in Vân Hồ District, Sơn La Province said thanks to the project's support, the co-operative was established, bringing jobs to many women in Xuân Nha Commune, contributing significantly to improving economic potential and bringing local products to be developed and widely consumed throughout the country.
Through integrated gender equality activities, the project also helps women increase their confidence, leadership skills and decision-making ability.
Nguyễn Như Thanh Hải, deputy director of the GREAT project management unit of Sơn La Province, said up to now, 1,194 women have been elected to group leadership positions. Of which, 77 per cent intend to continue to hold leadership positions.
The project also created a positive effect on women's awareness of their role through training courses. Many women shared that they were more involved in family spending decision-making, including daily and large expenses. — VNS