Oxfam in Vietnam celebrates the launch of WEAVE
Today Oxfam in Vietnam celebrated the official launch of the Women’s Economic Empowerment through Agriculture Value Chain Enhancement (WEAVE) project, a collaboration between three international non-governmental organisations — SNV, Oxfam and CARE International — in partnership with the Australian Government.
The program was launched by Natasha Scott Despoja, Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, in Hanoi. The launch workshop was attended by project beneficiaries, NGO representatives, and other dignitaries.
WEAVE draws on the strengths of the three NGOs, each with extensive experience in Vietnam, with the aim of helping women in the north-western region, one of the poorest parts of the country, achieve greater social and economic empowerment. The Australian Government will provide A$2.5 million for the project.
The program will support ethnic minority women's economic empowerment in pork, cinnamon and banana value chains. This will be achieved by promoting equality between women and men within households and producer groups, strengthening women and men producers'skills and bargaining power, and working with business and government decision-makers to improve the policy environment to support producers.
WEAVE will operate in Lao Cai and Bac Kan provinces for three years. More than 1800 women and men, maily ethnic minorities, will directly benefit from the project.