GWP Ken Thiess Scholarship winner speaks about empowerment
A very diverse professional pathway in international development has led Vanh Mixap from Laos to Brisbane to study the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management, with the help of a Global Water Partnership (GWP) Ken Thiess Scholarship.
She began her career as a Tour Guide and English Teacher Assistant in Laos. While studying she worked as a Social Scientist Researcher for Sustainable Development of Fairtrade Coffee, then after finishing university she became an AusAID Water Resources Management Officer and Gender Focal Point, Lao TV Channel 1 English Program TV host, and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Hospitality Industries Trainer and Sustainable tourism and Trade Coordinator. She has also volunteered for Red Cross Australia and the Mines Victims and Clearance Trust (MiVAC) aid project in Laos.
"These diverse paths share the same goal," Vanh said, "and that is my commitment to education and gender equality as a sustainable way to combat poverty.
"I believe there is no better way to empower people than giving them knowledge. I cannot thank the scholarship provider GWP and International RiverFoundation (IRF), as well as the IWC team, enough for sharing this belief and turning it into reality by giving a female from a developing country like myself this great opportunity to be empowered."