Conferring Merit Medal “For the Development of Women in Vietnam”

In the morning of 20 March, the Central of Vietnam Women’s Union organized the ceremony to confer the Merit Medal “For the Development of Women in Vietnam” to Dr. ThanhDam Truong and Dr. Peter Knorringa, lecturers/ consultants of the Institute of Social Studies - Netherlands (ISS).

Under the cooperation to implement the two projects namely “Training of Women in micro & small enterprises, phase 2” and “Strengthening the Central Women Cadres Training School towards Establishing the Women’s Institute of the Vietnam Women’s Union, ISS, specifically Dr. Thanh Dam Truong and Dr. Peter Knorringa have provided valuable technical assistance for VWU in a new and challenging area – gender and entrepreneurship development.


Under the technical assistance of the consultants, VWU has formulated its Strategic Orientations for promoting women entrepreneurship in the period of 2003-2007 and implemented the 3rd phase project (2005 – 2008). In the project, to improve VWU’s capacity in research and policy formulation for supporting women in the private sector, Dr. ThanhDamTruong and Dr. Peter Knorringa have conducted such activities as training, consultancy, sharing their professional experiences in improving VWU’s staffskills in research, in policy formulation and advocacy as well as fostering the link between research and policy. The assistance has made constructive contribution to enhancing VWU’s staff capacity and created favorable conditions for the development of women entrepreneurship in Vietnam.


On behalf of the VWU, Vice – President Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy conferred the Medal to the 2 consultants to acknowledge the efforts and effective cooperation between ISS and VWU as well as the constructive contribution of Dr. ThanhDam Truong and Dr. Peter Knorringa to the development of women in Vietnam.

Translated by Int’l Relations Dept
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