The Empowerment Plan aims to support disadvantaged Vietnamese women, with a focus on:
Ethnic minority women;
Single mothers, especially those who are victims of domestic violence and/or teenagers who are unexpectedly pregnant and are ostracized;
Or every low-income mother who wants to use the skills she has to provide a brighter future for her child,
Our vision is to provide a comprehensive support mechanism for any of them that we can so that they can re-establish themselves as functional and valued members of society – By increasing their employability, confidence, and independence so that they can provide financial support for themselves and their children in the future. By helping these mothers, we hope to give their children a chance to grow up in a safe, stable, and healthy home and, ultimately, overcome poverty.
We offer a variety of services to these mothers and their children, who are intended to prepare them for positive, productive future. These services include, but are not limited to:
Online Self-Help Group Support for single mothers: The original platform through which Coins for Change began existence. It is a blog with 103k members (as of December 2018) through which women can find networks of support. This online community for women is composed of their peers who share similar mental, emotional, or physical problems, or who are interested in local issues, such as education or parenting. Coins for Change is searching for more support to develop it into Her Academy, an online academy that helps Vietnamese women complete themselves and become their kid(s) specialist.
Free Vocational Training: Through HerCraft program, we provide free training on weaving, crocheting, sewing and fashion design for those who wish to develop their career with HerCraft.
Free English Class: Mothers or their kids can receive free English lessons from our international volunteers at Teach for Change schools.
The 2013 UNODC “Assessment of the situation of women in the criminal justice system in Viet Nam” acknowledged that 58% of women in Viet Nam experience some type of emotional, physical, or sexual domestic violence during their lifetime. However, only 13% of abused women sought help from the justice system.
A total of 3,090 people had been victims of human trafficking during that time, the ministry said, of whom 90 percent were women and children from ethnic minorities living in remote, mountainous areas.
Members of ethnic minority groups makeup 15 percent of the country’s population but account for 70 percent of the extreme poor (measured using a national extreme poverty line).
Unfortunately, violence against women is still seen as a private matter that takes place behind closed doors, and there are significant shortcomings to investigate and prosecute domestic violence.
However, even in a country where families’ issues are hardly revealed to outsiders, a woman’s abortion often ends up becoming a whole neighbourhood affair. The woman is blamed for failing to avoid an unplanned pregnancy and when she decides to have an abortion, she is judged morally.
Financial hardship, young (teen) age, sex selection or concern about becoming a mother and further life development – are common reasons for the abortion, but no matter what the reason is, many Vietnamese women who terminate their pregnancies often face misunderstanding and harsh judgments about their choice. It explains why many women who are determined to have an abortion tend to put themselves under unnecessary risks inside unreliable clinics.
Pro-choice activists worldwide have called for anti-abortion critics to stop the war against women and give them the freedom over their own bodies, but a pro-choice debate may not happen anytime soon in Vietnam. Ultimately, many women do go on to become single mothers, having to live their life affected by gossip and stigma.
The gap between rich and poor is widening