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Ground breaking learning tool for 2016 election women candidates goes live

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Ha Noi, 18 September 2015 – An innovative learning tool became publically available today for potential women candidates to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the upcoming People’s Council and National Assembly elections in 2016.

The eLearning course “Ready for Success”, developed by the joint UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs project “Women’s Leadership”, is ready to be used at the site This is the first ever Internet-based training course tailored for all women who are interested in being candidates in the elections.

Only 24 percent of the current elected officials across the country are women. Viet Nam needs to increase the number of women who are ready and confident to participate in elections if it is to meet the target of at least 35 percent women’s representation of elected delegates set forth in Resolution No. 11 of the Party Politburo and the National Strategy on Gender Equality. The eLearning course “Ready for Success” is therefore aimed at supporting Viet Nam to achieve equal representation for both genders in elected offices.

“To fully prepare potential women candidates for the upcoming National Assembly and People’s Council elections in 2016, capacity building efforts are needed and it is not physically possible to train all the women candidates throughout the country in face-to-face sessions,” UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Pratibha Mehta noted. “With the use of technology however, this mission is possible. Our vision is to have women in every corner of Viet Nam participating and gaining from this course.”

“Ready for Success” is designed to build the confidence of potential women candidates by providing them a roadmap for more effectively engagement as a candidate in the nomination and election process. The course also provides learners with vital skills such as designing and presenting an election action plan, public speaking, voter contacting, and working with the media.

At the launching ceremony Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa, President of the Viet Nam Women’s Union, praised the initiative and said the Women Union would promote the course. “We hope that women participants in this online course can obtain more knowledge about the political system, the election process, thus to become more self-confident in the voters contacting conferences, and become good leaders and politicians,” she said.

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