Divorced women returning from Korea attend bartender class at Việt Nam-Korea Care Centre in Cần Thơ City. — Photo thoidai.com
CẦN THƠ — Thousands of Vietnamese women who were previously married to Korean men or plan to marry a Korean have received support to adapt to their new life for the last three years.
The first phase of the project 'Việt Nam–Korea Joint Care' was launched by Women’s Association of southern Cần Thơ City and the Korea Centre for United Nations Human Rights Policy (KOCUN) in October, 2016.
At a ceremony to mark the end of the project's first phase on Friday, Dương Tấn Hiển, vice chairman of Cần Thơ City People’s Committee, said the project was very meaningful for the Vietnamese women and their Vietnamese-Korean children.
It was reported that from 2005 to 2018, more than 75,000 women in the city got married to Korean men but of those, nearly 15,000 got divorced and returned to Việt Nam with financial burdens. Additionally, their children who returned to Việt Nam faced barriers in attending school and integrating in society.
Hiển said the project helped prepare women for marriage with Korean men and helped protect the rights of returnees after their divorce.
During the first phase of the project, last year, the Việt Nam-Korea Centre Care was built in the city’s Cái Răng District. The two-storey building includes a legal advice office, library, kitchen, canteen, classrooms and sport court. It provides support to returnee brides with vocational training, job creation and loans for starting a business. Lawyers of the legal advice office assist in solving problems related to divorce, naturalisation and birth certification.
According to the city’s Women Association, it and the KOCUN offered courses to more than 6,000 women in the Mekong Delta before leaving for Korea for marriage.
More than 1,000 returnee brides were offered Korean language courses and some 3,000 families received legal advice, while a library was opened for children of Vietnamese-Korean families.
Chairwomen of the city Women’s Association Diệp Thị Thu Hồng said women were also offered job training.
Hồng said the project also helped brides-to-be learn about Korean culture to prepare for their future marriage.
In cases when Vietnamese women are victims of domestic abuse, the centre helped them contact authorities and handled legal procedures and costs so they could return to Việt Nam.
According to the Korea Statistics Bureau, by the end of 2016, almost one out of five Vietnamese married women in Korea (19.25 per cent) was divorced. One of every six Vietnamese women getting married to Korean men is from Cần Thơ City. The number of Vietnamese-Korean divorced families with adolescent children accounted for 19 per cent of total cases.
The 'Việt Nam –Korea Joint Care' project was funded with VNĐ22 billion by Hyundai Motor Company and the Korean Social Welfare Relief Fund. — VNS