Welcome to the Center for Women & Democracy’s new blog, where you can follow the leadership delegation during its program in Vietnam, and learn more about the achievements of women there.
The Center for Women and Democracy is a non-profit non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2000. The purpose of the Center is to support, stimulate, and foster women’s effective participation and leadership in local, national and global affairs, while respecting the political, economic, and social diversity in cultures worldwide. Since its inception, the Center has run programs to train future women leaders; to educate women (and men) about achievements and challenges in women’s lives; and to connect women leaders in Washington State with women leaders worldwide.
The Center’s Global Networking Committee works to facilitate networking among women on an international scale with the goal of bringing women together to share perspectives and foster cultural understanding, and educating women in the U.S. about women’s lives around the world
The Center is committed to a world where people value cultures different from their own, and the belief that mutual understanding and the free exchange of ideas can empower women worldwide to effect positive change in their communities. We accept, appreciate, and respect that people know and understand what is appropriate for their own communities.
Viet Nam Delegation
The Leadership Delegation to Viet Nam includes women of all ages and backgrounds who have an interest in actively engaging with women in different parts of the world and fostering deeper understanding. The delegation is very fortunate to have the support of Governor Christine Gregoire and will act as representatives of the Center and as cultural ambassadors on behalf of the United States, and the State of Washington.
We are also working very closely with PeaceTrees Vietnam, an NGO founded in Seattle that is dedicated to restoring and rebuilding relations between U.S. citizens and the Vietnamese people. In its sixteen years of operations, PeaceTrees’ teams have cleared landmines and unexploded ordnance from over 523 acres of land and removed more than 60,000 unexploded bombs, grenades, and other ordnance to make land usable again.
The delegation’s program will begin in Hanoi with meetings with leaders in the national and local government, the Women’s Union, and Vietnamese NGOs. We will then travel to Hue, the former imperial capital of Viet Nam, and from there to Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, one of the hardest hit areas during the war between the U.S. and Vietnam. The trip concludes in Ho Chi Minh City, where we will meet with women academics at Hoa Sen University and the founders of Tri Viet University.
Stay tuned here for updates, stories and photos as we travel throughout Vietnam. We would also love your input on key issues that are likely to arise during the journey. Please check back often and feel free to share your comments and suggestions.
You can learn mores about the delegates who are on this year’s trip by clicking the Delegate Bios link on the right.