Here I am at work!
I work for the Vietnam Women’s Union, which was established in 1930 and has 13 million members nation-wide from the central to communal levels. It’s hard to get a real handle on the exact history of the VWU with all the political turmoil and whatnot, but I believe it began as an independent organization, and evolved into a quasi-governmental agency. It’s such a long-standing organization that VWU frequently consults on government projects and is allowed to witness certain government procedures and sometimes participate in them. It is largely funded by the Vietnamese government, but also but some international organizations.
My fellow InDev student Lindsay and I work in the Law and Policy department, where so far we’ve developed a 5-year implementation plan for awareness-raising activities according to Vietnam’s ‘National Action Plan’, which is anti-human trafficking legislation, as well as begun teaching English to our co-workers. We have separate projects as well: I’ve just finished the first stage in researching and reporting on mainstreaming gender equality into constitutional law. Vietnam is reviewing it’s constitution, so Law and Policy is working overtime! It has been a very busy 2 weeks.
The main building at work. The whole place is a complex of buildings just off a busy street- I actually have no idea how big the whole thing is.
The Law and Policy Department Building. Yes, we have a balcony.