The competition, which forms part of activities marking International Women’s Day, aims to recognise Vietnamese rural women’s contributions to national socio-economic development, and improve public awareness of their contributions.
Vietnamese citizens of all ages are encouraged to participate in the contest, with photo focusing on the themes: rural women and technology, rural women and sustainable agriculture, rural woman with natural disasters and climate change, rural women in business and cooperatives, rural women in leadership and decision making, and gender equality between rural men and women.
There will be one first prize worth VND10 million (US$440), a second prize worth VND7 million (US$308), a third prize worth VND5 million (US$220) and a prize worth VND5 million selected by the public.
Outstanding works are scheduled to be displayed on Vietnamese Women’s Day which falls on October 20.
Entries should be submitted before June 8, 2018 via the email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of “Photo contest on rural women and sustainable development.” Contestants can also send CDs/DVDs to the UN Women Vietnam at 304 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
A report of the General Statistics Office in 2016 showed that women constitute the main workforce in agricultural production, especially in rural areas where 63.4% of women working in the framing sector as compared to 57.5% of men.
However, rural women and girls are among those who are most likely to suffer from poverty and lack access to production resources such as land, technology and financial, educational, healthcare and other social welfare services. They are also hardest affected by climate change.