Virtual Workshop:

Building on shared experience to nurture women's leadership

August 14, 2020

The 2020 Asia Women and Rivers Congress is holding a series of women-focused workshops on zoom between July to September to build on and further develop the Congress spirit of sharing experiences and networking.

Following the highly successful first webinar where we heard and discussed the findings from the study State of Knowledge: Women and Rivers in the Mekong Region (including the Salween basin), the second workshop built on the ‘’recipe for women’s leadership’’ and drew on participants’ personal experience to share practical ways to nurture and encourage women’s leadership.

August 14, 2020 | 15:00-17:30
(Bangkok time, GMT +7 )

Workshop Slides and Summary

SoK Presentation_v4-20200814 (1).pptx
SUMMARY WORKSHOP 140820 V240820.docx

Keynote Speaker: Nguy Thi Khanh

Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh is currently founder and Executive Director of Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID) which is working to promote sustainable energy development, good water and air governance and green development ( She is the first Vietnamese Goldman Environmental Prize recipient in 2018. And in March 2019, she is honored into the World's 100 most influential people in climate policy 2019 by Apolitical. With her outstanding achievement, she got Eisenhower Fellowship in 2019 in April 2019. She is cited by as one of six Vietnamese who make the world a better place in December 2019. She is also the chair of Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance and core-members in a number of national and international networks related to sustainable energy, climate change and environment. She has more than 20 years of experience in integrated community development, network building and advocacy for better Water, Air Governance and Sustainable energy development in Vietnam and the Mekong region.

Since 2012, she has led GreenID to champion local energy planning approach, demonstrate the multiple benefits of sustainable energy solutions for household, community and society. Under her leadership, GreenID supported for more than 20,000 people in different communities in Vietnam having access to clean energy and safe water. She also has good engagement with decision-makers, does multi-stakeholders networking to advocate and support for the energy transition in Vietnam towards more renewable energy, energy efficiency, less dependence on fossil fuel and coal power. Since 2016, she initiated the first Renewable Energy week, which become now an open platform facilitating the experience sharing and promoting good clean energy practices. She believes that clean energy will help Vietnamese people to reduce environmental degradation, restore clean Air and Water. She graduated from the Institute of International Relations in Ha Noi, Vietnam with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Diplomacy. She holds a number of certificate from international training courses on energy, water and clean environment.

She can be reached at:
Facebook: KhanhGreenID Vietnam
Twitter: KhanhDragon

Workshop Format

The State of Knowledge study identified 4 areas of change (with strong intersectionality) and proposed 5 ‘’ingredients’’ needed for women leaders. These 4 areas will frame the workshop.

Each group will share experiences and stories on how they have or could provide women with opportunities to develop leadership and take action in this particular area of change. You do not have to be an expert as the aim is to share experiences and identify opportunities. Materials from other groups will be made available after the workshop.

Breakout Groups

GROUP 1: Women’s access to resources and opportunities (Formal and Individual Change)

GROUP 2 (MALE GROUP): How can men support women's access to resources and opportunities, including more inclusive laws and policies? (Formal and Institutional/Systemic Change)

GROUP 3: Laws and policies (Formal and Institutional/Systemic Change)

GROUP 4: Consciousness of both women and men (Informal and Individual Change)

GROUP 5 (MALE-ONLY): How can men be supported to promote consciousness of both women and men, and address the informal cultural norms and exclusionary practices? (Informal and Institutional/Systemic Change)

GROUP 6: Informal cultural norms and exclusionary practices (Informal and Institutional/Systemic Change)

A more detailed agenda will be made available on this page in early August. Please come prepared by reading the State of Knowledge or Executive Study (in Mekong languages).

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your stories and experience on August 14
that 15:00!