SIF is pleased to partner with Seattle-based organization Lotus Circle to host a special delegation to Viet Nam in September 2014. This delegation of women donors from Seattle will visit with a variety of organizations to learn about their important work to address women’s rights, combat human trafficking and promote sustainable development. In addition to visiting with local Vietnamese organizations, the delegation will also visit with Seattle-based organizations, including PeaceTrees Vietnam.
The 2014 Women’s Delegation to Viet Nam will begin in Hanoi, continue in Hue and Quang Tri Province in central Viet Nam, and conclude in Ho Chi Minh City. We are also offering an extension program which will explore the Mekong Delta. See below for trip details.
Dates: Sept. 6-17, 2014
Cost: $2,950 per person, double occupancy; additional $500 for single occupancy
Option for a four-day extension: September 17-20, 2014 -- cost will be an additional $600 (all singles), and will include a travel program in the Mekong Delta.
NOTE: Costs listed above include all in-country transportation, hotel accommodations, group meals, emergency evacuation insurance, and interpreting services. The trip fee does not include international airfare.
The delegation will meet with representatives of the Viet Nam Women's Union and other grassroots women leaders to discuss their work and partnerships with U.S.-based donor organizations. In Hanoi, delegates will participate in a workshop with the Viet Nam Women's Union to discuss important topics for women in the U.S. and around the world. The group will also have the chance to meet the founder of CSAGA, one of the foremost voices in the country for women who are survivors of violence. Delegates will hear from activists working to prevent human trafficking, ensure sexual and reproductive health rights for women and girls, and support members of Viet Nam's LGBT community.
Following time in Hanoi, the delegation will travel to central Viet Nam to visit the local headquarter of SIF grantee PeaceTrees Vietnam. The group will have the chance to meet with the local leadership of the Viet Nam Women's Union, and visit a Healthy Gardens Initiative project funded by a grant from the Washington Women's Foundation.
In Ho Chi Minh City, at the close of the trip, the delegation will participate in a round table discussion among women business leaders hosted by Madame Ton Nu Thi Ninh, Viet Nam's former ambassador to the E.U. and a leading voice for women in politics and foreign affairs.
Those participating in the extension program will have the opportunity to spend a few days exploring the Mekong Delta and visit the field office of Pacific Links Foundation, an organization committed to preventing the trafficking of women and girls.
This trip is cosponsored by the Seattle International Foundation.