This training pack comes with a guide in English and Vietnamese, and pocket charts (series 1, series 2 and series 3) to support facilitators who directly implement gender talks in communities.

The guide provides guidelines on discussing the following issues with members of a community: sharing housework between men and women; participation of men and women in community activities; discussion and decision making in families; and equal treatment of boys and girls.

The purpose of the ‘talks’ is to help people realise existing gender inequality issues in their locality and then raise their awareness, aiming at behaviour changes and practices.

The guide is especially designed for ethnic minority groups in remote and disadvantaged communes of Northern Vietnam.  It is available in English and Vietnamese.


  • Men and women are equally responsible for housework. Men should actively share housework with women as a part of their responsibilities to the family. Families and men should create favourable conditions for women to participate in community activities.
  • Family decisions need to be agreed by both wife and husband. It is essential to take women’s opinions into account when making important decisions, because men and women have equal roles and contributions to family.
  • Boy and girls must be treated equally in schooling and in housework.

Usage: Guidance for project implementation, Training

Audiences: Technical staff; Gender and diversity practitioners; Communication staff

Limitations: Some of the charts are accompanied with explanations in English and others have no explanations.

Reference: Vietnam Red Cross and French Red Cross (April 2012). Gender Talk Training Pack: Improving gender equality and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions in ethnic minority areas of Northern Vietnam. Pp.1-29.



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