NPA Vietnam was honored to be awarded the Human Act Prize for Vietnam in 2023 during the award ceremony that was held in the Ho Guom Opera House in Hanoi, on the 11 of December. The selection of NPA Vietnam as the winner, was made from a total of 130 different applicants, all representing projects and stories of different heroes, who have been quietly and tireless working for the further improvements of communities in Vietnam.
This award is in recognition of the fantastic daily efforts of all NPA staff in Vietnam, to identify and then eliminate dangers from unexploded remnants of war, and finally returning a peaceful life to the people of Vietnam.
NPA would like to extend our sincere thanks the Government of USA and Norway for funding our mine action work in Vietnam. To be honoured in this highest award category of this year's Human Act Prize, NPA Vietnam has met all the five required selection criteria: commitment, sustainability, creativity, high impact, and pervasiveness.
Responding to a question related to the importance and role of women in NPA mine action, Ms. Nguyen Thuy Trang, Quang Binh Provincial Programme Manager said "In NPA Vietnam, gender inclusion is consistently our top priority and today 34% of all staff are women and more than 50% of senior management positions are taken by female staff. To further highlight our gender equality commitments and promote more women working in mine action, we have also established Vietnam’s first two all-female operation teams."
The Vietnam Human Act Prize is an annual national award, that is co-organized by the Nhan Dan Newspaper, Vietnam’s largest political news outlet, the Ministry of Invalids, Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and VC Corporation, with the objective of the award to honour individuals and organizations that has contributed to the community, through prestigious, dedicated and long-term social projects.