UN Women, the United Nations’ agency for gender equality and
women's empowerment, is holding a photo exhibition on rural Vietnamese women’s
contribution to sustainable development at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Ha
Photos on display are top 40 photos shortlisted from more than 1,000 entries of
the “Rural women and sustainable development” photo contest which was launched
in March on the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8) by UN Women with
the support of the Australian and Canadian embassies.
The photos give viewers a glimpse into the lives of rural women, the challenges
they face, and the important contributions they make to Vietnam’s development
across many areas, including technology, sustainable agriculture, disaster risk
reduction and climate change adaptation, entrepreneurship, leadership and
Addressing the exhibition’s opening ceremony last week, Elisa Fernandez, head of
the UN Women Vietnam office, said: “Even in the absence of words, photographs
can portray reality in a manner that is honest, eye-opening, thought-provoking
and reflective, while still being entertaining and easily understood.”
“We believe that photography is a powerful tool to raise awareness and to
trigger positive development in society. Looking at all of the entries, we see
positive changes regarding the empowerment of rural Vietnamese women,” she
“Canada is committed to sustainable development and women’s empowerment. Through
the exhibition, we want to raise awareness for and celebrate the women who have
helped shape Vietnam into the thriving and prosperous country that it is today,”
said Robert Bissett, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. at the Embassy of Canada in Vietnam.
According to a report of the General Statistics Office of Vietnam in 2015, women
constitute a significant percentage of the agricultural workforce in the
In rural areas, up to 63.4% of working women are in agriculture compared to
57.5% of working men. Rural women make substantial contributions to the
country's economic growth.
However, rural women and girls remain among those most likely to experience
poverty and lack access to resources, such as land, agricultural extension,
finance, education and healthcare.
As a direct result of gender inequality, rural women and girls fare worse than
their rural male counterparts on almost every measure of development.
October 15 has been chosen the International Day of Rural Women. This year the
United Nations commemorate the day under the theme “Sustainable infrastructure,
services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural
women and girls”.
The “Rural Vietnamese women’s contribution to sustainable development”
exhibition will run until November 10.