Entries should be submitted before June 8, 2018. (Source: organising board of the contest)

 Hanoi (VNA) – The UN Women, with the support of the Australian and Canadian embassies in Vietnam, on March 8 launched a photo contest on Vietnamese rural women and sustainable development.

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 10 million VND (440 USD), a second prize worth 7 million VND (308 USD), a third prize worth 5 million VND (220 USD) and a prize worth 5 million VND 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 unwomen2010@gmail.com 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 percent of women working in the framing sector as compared to 57.5 percent 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.-VNA