RightsNow! Activities in Vietnam
In October 2015, RightsNow! sent a team of U.S. experts in disability law, political advocacy, monitoring, and employment to Hanoi to conduct a five-day training with 27 disability-led NGOs, official DPOs, and government leaders from throughout the country. The competency-based, interactive training included sessions that drew from the U.S. experience and provided opportunities for participants to explore models of monitoring of disability rights laws, effective policy advocacy strategies, and key principles of strong legislation. A key component of the training was the preparation for and conduct of participant-led, issue-based high-level meetings with five key Ministries. These high-level meetings were aligned with collaborative action plans developed during the week by the participants and focused on infrastructural physical accessibility, transportation, inclusive education, independent living, and equitable disability certification and insurance coverage.
In March 2015, our project team conducted a 5-day introductory visit to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, where they met with a wide range of stakeholders to get first-hand information on the status of the implementation and enforcement of national disability legal frameworks. The U.S. experts co-facilitated meetings with officials representing the national and provincial governments; individuals with disabilities leading, working, or volunteering with disability led NGOs; official and unofficial DPOs; and Deaf clubs. The RightsNow! team also met with representatives from the US Embassy and USAID.
RightsNow! activities are arranged in collaboration with the Action to Community Development Center (ACDC).
The key resources below are available in Vietnamese. It is our intention to continue to provide additional resources in Vietnamese.