Today, Saigon Children’s Charity (saigonchildren) and MSD Vietnam organised a sharing session on the challenges faced by girls in Vietnam in education. The session also launched PowHERful, a campaign for empowering girl students, led by the two organisations.
Girls in Vietnam are facing significant gender-based challenges that are preventing them from making the most of their potential in education, according to a new study by two non-profit organisations – Saigon Children’s Charity and MSD Vietnam. The study collected data from almost 7000 respondents from among the two organisations’ beneficiaries as well as from the general population, and has identified several challenges that have that can hinder girls from accessing education, prevent them from performing well in school, and discourage them from pursuing higher education or certain careers.
The study consists of a survey of 7,000 individuals, 30 in-depth interviews, and a literature study, and found that key challenges for girls in fulfilling their potential in education come from areas such as gender stereotypes, unconscious biases, and menstrual health. Read the full report here
Tran Van Anh, Deputy Executive Director of MSD Vietnam, shared “With a journey of 15 years supporting disadvantaged groups, MSD recognises the challenges and barriers inhibiting children and youth from accessing educational opportunities. This can affect girls more than boys due to typical gender-based constraints. This study helps explore specific root causes of the challenges and examine the awareness of the community on gender bias. This would be a strong foundation for MSD and our partners to develop relevant support initiatives to generate better outcomes.”
The study is part of a joined initiative between Saigon Children’s Charity and MSD Vietnam called PowHERful. The PowHERful campaign aims at giving insights into girls’ challenges especially in education, at the same time empower girls to break the confidence ceiling and stereotypes to be the best possible versions of themselves.
On 27th May, a Girls’ Summit will be organised in Ho Chi Minh City as part of the PowHERful campaign. The summit is for 1,000 participants who are high school girl students from Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding areas. With half of the participants being students from underprivileged backgrounds in saigonchildren’s and partner organisations’ programmes, this event is not only an opportunity for girls to be empowered by female leaders (such as German Consul General Josefine Wallat, entrepreneur Thai Van Linh, and many other inspirational female figures), but also a chance for them to meet and learn from one another.
“This campaign is essential because we know there are things holding girls and young women back, but we also know how to help smash the glass ceiling that limits the potential of so many. We all believe in equality, but true equality requires effort – and that’s what the PowHERful campaign is – a long-term effort to give girls what they need to go on to become highly successful women,” said Damien Roberts, Executive Director of Saigon Children’s Charity.
Find more information about the campaign at https://powherful.saigonchildren.com or with hashtag #PowHERful on social media.
About MSD Vietnam
MSD – Management and Sustainable Development Institute is a Vietnamese non-profit organisation, established in 2008. For 15 years, MSD has been taking long-lasting efforts to support disadvantaged and vulnerable community groups, especially children, youth, women, ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. MSD envisions a world of justice and equality, where all individuals and their families can achieve their human potential though good education, financial stability and healthy lives. MSD’s priorities include (1) Education for Development, (2) Income Stability and (3) Environmental Health
The PowHERful campaign is honored to receive support from the following companies and organisations: Van Lang University, German Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Schaeffler, GeoComply, New World Saigon Hotel, Cimigo, Yam, NOI, Zakka Naturals, Skills Bridge, Money with Mina, Purple Asia, Vero, Quán Nem, Bakes, and The Sentry. These sponsors have played an instrumental role in helping us launch this campaign, and we are grateful for their support in empowering girls in Vietnam.