South Korea launches capacity-building project supporting marginalized women in Vietnam

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of South Korea announced that it will implement a project supporting marginalized women in Vietnam, investing US$1 million in 2020 and 2021. The project, entitled 'Strengthening Vietnamese capacity for sustainable reintegration of returning women migrants and their households in vulnerable conditions in Vietnam', will be implemented in partnership with the Vietnam Women’s Union and the International Organization for Migration.

The project aims to support the reintegration of female migrant returnees into Vietnamese society. It is estimated that 18,000 Vietnamese women migrate through international marriage annually; 30,000 are estimated to have returned to Vietnam. Vietnamese women accounted for 38% of international marriages in South Korea in 2019 with a divorce rate of around 30%. Legal support systems for returning women and their children are lacking in Vietnam, making them more vulnerable.

Five areas will be targeted, including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hau Giang, Can Tho, and Hai Duong. KOICA will carry out several activities including the following:

  • Strengthening of stakeholders’ awareness and understanding of the need for better policy support environment;
  • Proposal of a roadmap for policy and program development (including baseline research);
  • Capacity building of Vietnam Women’s Union to respond to female migrant returnees issues through training programs in South Korea and Vietnam; and
  • Construction and operation of a one-stop center for female migrant returnees.

Press release – Korea International Cooperation Agency (in Korean)

News article – Vietnam Plus

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