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In remote areas in Vietnam, many women are under-educated, have limited economic opportunities outside of the household, and have limited life skills needed to establish productive working relationships.
To make matters worse, economic hardships in their households and traditional socio-cultural norms have resulted in the high prevalence of gender-based violence.
Research shows that the economic empowerment of women leads to the increased realization of women’s rights and the prioritization of household finances toward their children’s health and education. Experience has shown Hagar that by linking grants and small business development with female household members, a significant reduction in gender-based violence will be reported in almost 90% of households in the short term.
It is clear that there is a pressing need to advocate for the unheard voice in the community and allow increased access to economic empowerment opportunities, and Hagar International has the solution for this.
At Hagar International, we aim to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable women in Vietnam in the following ways: