Up to 100 professionals from Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport attended a five-day workshop in early November to mainstream gender equality and social inclusion across the transport sector.
The workshop that took place from November 7 to 11 attracted Ben Davis, first secretary (Economic) of the Australian Embassy, Le Thanh Ha, deputy-director general of the Ministry of Transport’s (MoT) Department of Organisation and Personnel, and Ngo Anh Tuan, member of the Communist Party Committee of the MoT, as well as 100 participants from a wide range of public institutions in the sector.
Held by Aus4Transport, the transport infrastructure partnership between the governments of Vietnam and Australia, the event aimed to build the skills and capacity of transport officials to disseminate gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) issues when preparing, designing, and implementing transport infrastructure projects.
It marked a step forward in the Capacity Building on GESI and Sustainable Project Management in the Transport Sector initiative that was funded by the government of Australia and implemented with the support of the MoT’s Institute of Transport Administration and Management Cadres and the Department of Organisation and Personnel in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
|An Australian professor sharing her knowledge and expertise about gender equality and social inclusion |
The training was facilitated by a highly-recognised team of experts from QUT in Australia who have been supporting the GESI activity since 2020 and travelled to Vietnam for this event.
The professors shared their knowledge and expertise with the participants and ensured the basic concepts and practices of GESI mainstreaming were tailored to the Vietnamese cultural context and could be easily integrated into the MoT’s practices.
The workshop provided an opportunity for lecturers and participants to meet face-to-face and facilitated the practical application of inclusive approaches and strategies that will spotlight GESI across the transport sector.
The workshop also introduced national and sectoral legal frameworks on GESI, discussed inclusive design and sustainability, developed concrete action plans for promoting GESI within the MoT's departments, and provided guidelines for the specific implementation of GESI at all stages of a project's cycle.
The exercise is expected to be fully completed by March 2023 with the delivery of a final training course that will assess the progress of the action plans developed during this workshop, celebrate participants’ achievements, and capture the lessons learned.
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