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US funds nature, women’s groups in Vietnam

The US embassy in Hanoi has provided almost $40,000 to two local organizations for projects to support women’s rights and environmental journalists.

Ambassador Michael W. Marine presented the grants to the Center for Promotion of Education and Empowerment of Women (CEPEW) and People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) at a ceremony in Hanoi Friday.

The CEPEW, together with the Women’s Union in the northern Ha Nam Province, has been selected to implement a $19,962 program to strengthen the role of women in politics and decision-making in the province’s Duy Tien dis­trict.

A grant of $19,965 to PanNature, a non-profit organization, is meant for a project to pro­mote equal access to the country’s natural resources, particularly by disadvantaged communities, through an independent online media.

Both projects will run until June 2008.

Source: The US Embassy in Hanoi

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