Hai Ha Vu Thi
- Age: 30
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Creating a lasting gender-equal world requires an entire shift of the system. Instead of addressing issues at the litany level, which are rarely questioned, we need to unravel the patriarchal foundation, which continues to limit equal opportunities for girls and gender non-conforming people. Let us collectively disrupt the system for the better.
- Hai Ha Vu Thi
Hai Ha Vu Thi is originally from Germany and currently lives in Vietnam. She received a Master of Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris in 2017. As a Consultant for Youth Programming at UNESCO, Hai Ha is responsible for advancing thematic work on youth and women empowerment in UNESCO Ha Noi’s strategic programming, designing and organizing capacity-building trainings for youth, and working with government partners to mainstream gender equality and social inclusion. Additionally, Ha Noi is a member of the boardof Advisors for AIESEC Ha Noi.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Being an Asian who is a second-generation immigrant and a woman, I have experienced an interplay of structural issues stemming from patriarchy and racism. As an advocate, I want every girl and woman, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, or socio-economic background, to believe in themselves and strive for their dreams.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I co-organized an unconventional event at the UN Vietnam to normalize the perception of and talk about body diversity, including female, male, and gender non-conforming bodies. This allowed for a safe space at the UN for conversations around sex and sexuality.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I can spend a whole day getting lost in the streets of wherever I live, trying different flavorful delicacies, be it nem chua ran or shawarma. I also love spending time with friends and losing my sense of time over a good coffee and a stimulating conversation.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- German (Advanced/Native)
- Vietnamese (Advanced/Native)
- French (Intermediate)
- youth participation and leadership
- inclusive and participatory gender-responsive policies
- meaningful youth engagement
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Futures Literacy Training by Riel Miller and Loes Damhof
- Art of Hosting Training by Art of Hosting Team
- Human Rights-Based Approach Training by OHCHR
- REMIX x Cities by School of Slow Media
- Meaningful Engagement with Youth by Julia Stevens