Asia Pacific Youth Service
SDGs: No Poverty, Reducing Inequalities
As a Global citizen as well as a Vietnamese Citizen, I come to understand the importance of personal growth. I would like to inspire young people to always strive for being a part of something bigger than them.Maisie Cu
During the course of her gap year, Maisie is currently elected as 2019 Vietnamese Youth Ambassador for the Asia Pacific as well as being fully funded to Singapore as one of YSI SEA social entrepreneurs with a special focus on sustainable development. As a Third Culture Kid who has grown up in different countries throughout my life, she is well aware of poverty manifesting itself in different forms. Although over the last few decades, Vietnam is considered to be successful in reducing its poverty by 75 percent, there appears to be a great disparity in poverty reduction among minority ethnic groups within the country. Considering national racial backgrounds of 54 ethnic groups, out of which Kinh is the major group that makes up 85 percent of the population; ethnic minorities, however, only account for 14 percent out of all (World Bank 2012), but responsible for 50 percent of the poor population (2010 Vietnam Household Living Standard Survey); hence, one of the most pressing aspects in sustainable development that Vietnam has to achieve is no poverty (goal 1) and its underlying cause, regarding the reduction in inequality (Goal 10) among different ethnic groups. Thus, in order to achieve long term solutions to a lasting problem like poverty, awareness has to be raised publicly regarding the obstacles that each minority households have to face on a daily basis, in other to get access to the most fundamental resources such as education, capital, market and agricultural land (The World Bank, 2009 and 2012). Not only that, ethnic minor tends to face a struggle in a form of social exclusion, culture, and language along with a high chance of facing natural disaster considering the fact that they populate in an area like mountains. By acknowledging the struggle of ethnic minorities as well as their underlying social and cultural issues, such as the conservative philosophy of solely dependence on a single male working incomes for financial support; we can be able to put an end to the root of poverty by targeting specific area of the problem and give each of them a suitable policy. In that way, the big problem can be targeted much more effective in terms of time wise as well as funding. By understanding her role as an individual, Maisie believes in her journey in becoming a diplomat like her dad who acts as a representative voice for minority rights and their issues.