Australia supports disability-inclusive development in Viet Nam

Update: May, 26/2015 - 15:00
Nguyen Thi Van (M) , Director of The Will To Live. — Photo dantri

HA NOI (VNS) — Australian's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop MP, on Monday released Development for All 2015-2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia's aid program.

According to a press release issued by the Australian Embassy in Ha Noi, the paper said that people with disabilities make up about 15 per cent of the global population and have poorer health outcomes, lower educational achievements, lower economic participation, as well as higher poverty rates than people without disabilities.

"Disability-inclusive development is good development practice and contributes to poverty reduction, economic growth, and better development outcomes for all," said Hugh Borrowman, the Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam.

Australia supports people with disabilities in Viet Nam through existing and future aid projects. To improve the quality of their lives, Australia will consult people with disabilities, monitor their participation, and engage with disability-specific support services and other relevant organisations.

On the occasion, the Australian Government Partnerships for Development funded a training workshop in Da Nang City, as part of "Developing Human Resources Capacity in Vietnam: Effective Service Delivery to Combat Gender Based Violence and Trafficking."

"Violence against women and girls with disabilities is significantly high but a largely invisible issue in Viet Nam. This shows gender and disability-related discriminations and exclusions," said guest trainer Nguyen Thi Van, Director of The Will To Live.

"Together, these two elements put women and girls with disabilities at a much higher risk of violence." — VNS