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Pockets of entrenched poverty remain in remote rural areas throughout Vietnam, which are home to many different ethnic minority groups. CARE in Vietnam works in these areas with women of many different ethnicities.
Despite working on the land, remote ethnic minority women lack equal access to land and capital, and thus have limited opportunity to make decisions which affect their lives. Reliance on agriculture also renders such populations vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters. There are strong indicators that remote ethnic minority women are often subject to gender-based violence. Discrimination and social isolation further reduces their access to legal representation or protection.

Click here to have an overview of our work with Remote Ethnic Minority Women (REMW). See below for our projects within the REMW programme.

Through the project Stand Up, Speak Out (SUSO), CARE works to break the silence around gender based violence among ethnic minority communities in Dien Bien province.

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Project Information for adaptation in Vietnam (InfoAct) works to strengthen the livelihood and resilience of poor ethnic minority women and men in rural areas to climate change and climate shocks by improving their access to and use of climate information and resources such as insurance.

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Technologically Enhanced Agricultural Livelihoods (TEAL) works to promote the role and benefits of ethnic minority women and their productivity in the Arabica coffee value chain.

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The Partnership for Ethnic Minorities’ Equitable and Inclusive Development (P4EM) project focuses on strengthening partnerships for efficacy of national policy and programme formulation and implementation to support ethnic minorities’ development.

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The Increasing ethnic minority women’s access to information for improved governance and development (I2I) project aims at enabling civil society organisations to legitimately represent ethnic minority communities to enhance government transparency and accountability for promoting ethnic minority rights.


The Women’s Economic Empowerment through Agricultural Value Chain Enhancement (WEAVE) project is a joint project by CARE International in Vietnam, Oxfam in Vietnam and SNV Vietnam to enhance ethnic minority women’s position and voice in the banana, pork and cinnamon value chains in Bac Kan and Lao Cai.

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Agro-climate Information Services (ACIS) for Women and Ethnic Minority farmers in South-East Asia enables women farmers, ethnic minority farmers and agricultural planners, in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, to better anticipate and respond to risks and opportunities from changes in the weather, through participatory and equitable agro-climate information services.

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Civil Action for Socio-economic Inclusion program (CASI) is for sustainable improvements in livelihood security for natural resource-dependent people in ethnic minority communities who lack access to resources and have limited opportunities to influence decision-making. Representatives of marginalised and excluded groups and civil society organisations are involved in setting the agenda for more inclusive development approaches and policies.

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Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction in Vietnam project works with partners to support national and local authorities to enable communities and schools in vulnerable areas to better prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters.

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Ethnic Minority Women’s Empowerment project (EMWE) works with ethnic minority women to overcome challenges that they are facing in remote areas. Women in remote ethnic communities in Vietnam are not equally benefiting from the remarkable economic growth over the past decade. They experience high levels of poverty, unequal participation in economic opportunities, limited options to adapt to changes in the climate, and have a limited voice in decisions that affect them.

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Financial linkage for inclusion (FinLINK) for women from remote ethnic minority communities in Vietnam works with the private sector to increase access to formal financial products and services for women from ethnic minority communities in remote areas, to enable them to empower themselves economically. Please contact us for more information on this project.


Increasing the ability of Community-Based Disaster Risk Management to engage and respond to women works to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards by building community capacity in community -based disaster risk management, with a focus on the participation of women. Please contact us for more information on this project.


Integrated Community-Based Adaptation in the Mekong Delta (ICAM) project works with women and men who are most at risk from the impacts of climate change and natural hazards, to increase the resilience of communities in the Mekong Delta.

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Promoting Land Rights for Ethnic Minority People in Vietnam project aims to contribute to the protection and promotion of ethnic minority people’s rights to community forest lands.

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Voice and Rights for Ethnic Minority Women in Vietnam contributes to securing the rights of women from Tay, Nung, Dao and Hmong communities by enhancing their voice, and ensuring that both government agencies and civil society value, respect and respond to it.

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