Even it Up campaign

Film “Reward Work, Not Wealth”

This is a story of a migrant worker, Lan.

Some of world’s biggest fashion brands source their clothes from countries where labor is cheap, such as Vietnam. In 2015, Vietnam was the fourth-largest garment exporting country in the world, after China, India and Bangladesh.

The human cost is high. Employees at garment factories work six days a week, often at less than USD$1 per hour. Workers are under pressure to meet daily targets and end up working longer hours with barely any breaks or leave.

Ms Ut is not shy anymore

The story of Ms.Nguyen Thi Ut

Ms. Nguyen Thi Ut, 34, is a native of Hung Yen province, her husband works as a driver, they have two daughters, 12 and over 5 years olds. She is a sefl help group leader in Chuong Duong ward.

Due to a backward concept that girls should not learn much, she dropped out of school when she finished secondary education to become a tailor, but her income was too low so she followed some people in her home town to Hanoi since 1999 to make a better living. In those very first days in Hanoi,

“Migrant workers and Social protection”

“MIGRANT WORKERS AND SOCIAL PROTECTION” annual workshop and Stones project completion was held on 15th December 2016, at Hanoi Club, Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Hanoi.

The participants of workshop are from MOLISA, HAUFO, Women’s Union at all level, Vietnam Social Insurance Agency, Social Insurance Agency of Hoan Kiem district…, Representative of UN Women in Vietnam, Belgian Embassy, German Embassy, INGOs in Vietnam, CSOs, Mnet members: LIGHT, CDI, GFCD, VIJUSAP, PLD, SCRD, reporters and migrant workers in Hanoi.

Network of Action for Migrant Workers (, with support from Oxfam International in Viet Nam,

Hong’s story

Hong, 46, stayed in a bordering remote province of Ha Giang until she moved to Hanoi 20 years ago to earn living as a waster collector. She is now participating in NEW ME, a project to improve the security and value of recycling-based livelihoods for female migrants engaging in waste collection.

Hong and other 17 participants were trained on business and communications skills. She becomes more confident. Now she can talk in front of a big group and to authorities confidently. She wants to start a business with the other participants.

Her group is selling second hand clothes at 123 Nghia Dung as a trial of NEW ME model.

Migrant workers still struggle

HÀ NỘI – Few migrant workers in the informal sector have proper understanding about their rights in host localities and how to exercise those rights, particularly those relating to social welfare, chairwoman of Hà Nội’s Women Union Trần Thị Phương Hoa said.

Hoa spoke at a conference on Wednesday calling for better policies surrounding migrant workers, saying that they contributed to the city’s income generation and economic growth but they remain vulnerable groups, benefiting little from social welfare including housing, healthcare or education.

Children of the migrant workers were also affected.

For example, children whose parents are migrants and without permanent or temporary residence registrations are less likely to be in school than those with permanent registration.

The 5th Regional Conference of Asian Roundtable on Social Protection: Economic growth needs to go abreast with the promotion of social protection .

In order to share experiences from other countries and discuss regional initiatives, from 22nd to 24th August 2016, the 5th regional Asian Roundtable on Social Protection was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The conference emphasized the role of the Government in ensuring Social Security and calling for regional initiatives about social protectionfor workers.

Although Asia is the area which has rapid economic growth, inequality is still increasing and poverty still exists in the region. The poverty rate decreases slowly, unemployment rate and unstable employment is increasing and million workers are living in poverty. The most disadvantaged people are vulnerable groups including workers working ininformal area,

Putting my heart into business for the success of NEW ME!

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Nguyen Thi Ngoc, 32, has two daughters, ages 12 and 6. Like other migrants, she moved to Hanoi from a rural province, Bac Giang. There she met her husband, a taxi driver. Ngoc works several jobs to earn her living. In the daytime she works as a tailor and in evenings she rents toys for children at Ly Thai To Park, near Hoan Kiem Lake in central Hanoi.
But Ngoc is driven by bigger dreams, and joined the NEW ME! project to start making them a reality. “I learned all the basic skills I need to start a small business.

Migrant workers to receive services

HA NOI (VNS) — Six Vietnamese non-governmental organisations set up a network for migrant workers called, which aims to help migrant workers receive better social welfare services and voice their opinions on political issues. was officially introduced yesterday in Ha Noi. The six founding members are the Institute for Community and Health Development (LIGHT); the Centre for Development and Integration; the Research Centre for Gender-Family and Community Development; the Institute for Policy Studies, Law and Development; the Viet Nam Judicial Support Association for the Poor; and the Center for Social Work Community Development Research and Consultancy.

Kicking off “Safer city for girls” project with Plan International and youth on 12 August – International Youth Day

12 August – the International Youth Day – was an exciting day for people and children, especially girls, in Dong Anh district (Hanoi) as they together with Plan International and LIGHT kicked off the project “Safe and Friendly city for girls”.

With large factories in its location, Kim Chung commune in Dong Anh district hosts the largest number of immigrant workers in Hanoi (about 20,000 immigrants, 72% are female) , which affects the accessibilities of its people to quality services such as education, water, health care and security.

The project pilot a model of safe community for girls in the commune with the joint efforts from Women’s Union,