With the theme “Going to the market with a basket– Pride of housewives” a workshop was organized by the Unit for Capacity Building and the Implementation of ODA-funded Water Projects. Attending the workshop was more than 20 representatives from the Women’s Union of Phan Rang-Thap Cham city plus women from 16 communes and quarters in the city.
A representative from the Women’s Union of the city said that, with the unit’s combination and support from the Project Management Unit under the Belgian-funded project of “Integrated water resource management and urban planning related to climate change in Ninh Thuan”, 16 clubs of “Going to the market with a basket – Pride of housewives” have been established in 16 communes and quarters, attracting the participation of 500 members who are all women.
At the beginning of the campaign, the clubs helped members improve their awareness and knowledge about climate change and solutions to respond to it. They use a basket, instead of plastic bags as they used to do, to contain their goods.
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thin, a resident at Residential Area 3 of My Binh district, said, “Before participating in the club, I often used up to 10 plastic bags per day whenever I went to the market. Now I use only two or three bags. I will not use these bags any longer in the time to come because I know that they are harmful to the environment.”
Notably, not only using fewer plastic bags when they are at the market, many women have also asked their family members and their relatives and friends, as well as their neighbours and good sellers to use baskets to contain goods.
However, in order to maintain the activities and the sustainability of the clubs, the participants at the workshop also underlined the need to frequently organise activities for women to meet and exchange ideas, with new and attractive contents and formats in order to maintain their participation and attract many more women into the clubs. They also suggested that the clubs have proper solutions to raise funds for their sustainable operation via many different activities, such as art performance and rotation and transfer of baskets for new members.
In addition, in order to contribute to the expansion and maintenance of the clubs, and to promote actions about limiting the use of plastic bags and responding to climate change, within the project, the project implementation unit has also provided the clubs with sets of communications-oriented pictures about climate change and measures to respond to climate change. The pictures will help the clubs’ activities to become more interesting. At the same time, the unit has also teamed up with the project’s Technical Support Unit to exchange ideas and experiences about communications, and write stories for women involved in the programme.