The conference “Media with women involving in politics and public life” took place on January 12, 2017 at Movenpick Hotel Hanoi as a joint event organized by iSEE, Oxfam and WEQUAL. The conference began with the sharing of research results by Dr. Vu Tien Hong on "Image of female leader in the press". The data from this study has shown that female leaders appear in the press much less than men do. Even when they do, the content is not directed to their ability and accomplishment but other aspects such as appearance, family, work - life balance, and other privacy issues.
The follow-up discussion on the topic of Women’s involvement in politics was attended by special guests, including Mrs. Pham Chi Lan – former General Secretary and Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Pham Kieu Oanh - Founder and CEO of CSIP and journalist Pham Trung Tuyen - Deputy Director of National Traffic VOV. Here, they shared personal experiences and ideas about the role of the media and the press in promoting gender equality, particularly with women involving in politics. With the skillful guidance of Dr. Dang Hoang Giang and interesting questions from the participants, the workshop had an interesting debate.
Soon afterwards, on January 13, 2017, WEQUAL continued to hold a panel discussion on "Gender Justice and Freedom of Choice" with participations from many social groups across the country. Speakers including Mrs. Nguyen Bich Tam, Mrs. Pham Kim Ngoc and Dr. Bui Thu Huong shared valuable practical knowledge and information on gender justice and freedom of choice. The seminar was not only where people exchanged experiences and learnt from each other, but also a place to raise awareness and create cohesion to act together in the near future.
In the afternoon of the same day, members of iSEE and WEQUAL together with representatives of gender groups all over the country joined a team building with the purpose of learning, building a sustainable network to create positive changes in society together.
During the team building, the members spent a lot of time defining their vision, goals and desires, as well as the structure that could ensure the connection between different groups to achieve the best results.
After the trip, members and gender groups in Vietnam have had a certain degree of bonding as well as knowledge and skills to continue to work and contribute to a society in which there will be more and more people have access to gender justice and freedom of choice.