Vinacapital Foundation

In Vietnam, ethnic minority girls and women are one of the most vulnerable groups due to discriminations on the basis of gender and ethnicity. For generations, ethnic minority girls and women have been repressed by social prejudices and outdated customs which are the main drivers of child marriage, gender-based violence, trafficking and inequality. Child marriage, one of the worst problems that ethnic minority girls endure, not only affects their healthy futures, but also violates children’s rights, obstructs the entire community’s socio-economic development, hinders national development and poverty reduction efforts.

According to the statistics of the General Statistic Office in 2019, one in four ethnic minority girls is a child bride – some as young as 14 – 15 years old. In several ethnic minority groups, child marriage rates reach 40% to 50% of all females. In the case of ethnic minority girls, early marriage means becoming pregnant and giving birth during early teenage years. According to UNFPA Vietnam, compared to girls 20 years of age, the risk of maternal death doubles in adolescents aged 15 to 19, and is four times more likely among girls under the age of 15. Child marriage is also one of the main causes leading to school dropout in ethnic minority girls, depriving them of their hopes and dreams.

In 2019, VinaCapital Foundation, in cooperation with Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund, led by Madam Truong My Hoa, Former Vice President of Vietnam, initiated Girls’ Clubs to empower the victims of paternalistic cultures to overcome individual and collective barriers, promote gender equality, transform them to become agents of changes in their rural communities.

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