Spain ’s Peace and Development (PyD) organisation has helped the central province of Quang Nam carry out a project on socio-economic development combined with gender issues.

A cooperation document to this effect was signed between the Quang Nam provincial People’s Committee and PyD in Quang Nam province on April 27. The 3.6 million EUR project which also covers Cambodia and East Timor was designed to ensure the implementation of socio-economic rights and poverty reduction through a gender approach and improvement of social equality.

It covers improving living conditions of project beneficiaries, with a focus on the most disadvantaged, through economic initiatives in combination with the gender issue, promoting sustainable rural development and involvement of the beneficiaries and relevant agencies and branches, and increasing initiatives on gender fairness, gender equality and domestic violence reduction.

The project targets promoting socio-economic development in rural areas, supporting for development of traditional trades, helping increase incomes, reducing domestic violence and raising women’s role in the society, said Tran Minh Ca, Deputy Chairman of the Quang Nam provincial People’s Committee.

In Quang Nam province, the project will be carried out till 2014 in 10 communes of Duy Xuyen, Hiep Duc and Phuoc Son districts.

Established in 1991, PyD is a non-governmental organisation. It helped carry out a project on enhancement of capacity and promotion of economic, microcredit opportunities and gender equality plans in Vietnam from 2006-2010./.