The Workshop to introduce Vietnam Women’s Innovation Day 2013 in Hanoi

On April 4th, 2013 in Hanoi, the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU), the World Bank in Vietnam and the UN Women in Vietnam co-organized the workshop to introduce the Vietnam Women’s Innovation Day 2013 (VWID 2013) as the beginning of a series of seminars introducing this important event.



Attending at the workshop were about 100 participants from departments, enterprises, business associations, scientific research institutes, NGOs in Vietnam and counseling centers in Hanoi.

The workshop aimed to provide more detailed information about the VWID 2013 and clarify its contents and guidelines for individuals, organizations and the community such as introduction of the VWID 2013 program; instructions o­n proposal submission for the activities of Highlighting and Promoting Women’s Innovative Products, Innovation Grants.

Under the activity ‘Highlighting and Promoting Women’s Innovative Products’ of the VWID 2013 with the theme “Women’s Economic Empowerment”, an individual woman or a women collective can submit more than o­ne innovative product in the economic area. The VWU will select to reward and showcase women's innovative products, which have been successfully applied in practice as a contribution to promoting socio-economic development. Priority is given to innovative products which are applied in remote, isolated, border and island areas, to the products being conferred awards by ministries, sectors and branches for their innovation in the period of 2011-2013. The first Women’s Innovation Day (held in 2011) showcased and introduced 139 innovative products in various fields, created by women individuals and collectives from 29 ministries/sectors and 49 provinces/cities.

The innovation grants are an annual initiative launched by the World Bank in 2003. So far the program has funded 231 diverse and innovative projects with US$2.4 million in grants. The innovation grants 2013 will identify and provide seed-funding for the initiatives at the grassroots level for implementation to address development challenges that hinder women’s economic potentials in order to promote women’s economic empowerment. The proposals should focus o­n three subthemes including women entrepreneurs, women’s empowerment in business and production, and decent work for women. The best initiatives would be selected and provided with a maximum of USD 15,000. The number of selected proposals will depend o­n funding from donors. Each year approximately 10-15 proposals were selected for funding.

The questions raised by participants at the workshop focused o­n how to develop the proposal, the relevance of the proposal to the theme… were answered and clarified by the co-organizers..

From 11th to 18th April 2013, four more VWID 2013 introductory workshops were held in Thai Nguyen, Dak Lak, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho.

For more information about the VWID 2013, please visit the following websites:

VWU International Relations Department