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Celebrating International women's day with Madam Lê Thị Bích Trân

18 March 2024

On International Women’s Day, Crawford School had the privilege to host Madam Lê Thị Bích Trân, the spouse of the Vietnamese Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr Phạm Minh Chính, during their visit to Australia.

During this gathering, Madam Lê Thị Bích Trân listened to stories of women of Vietnamese heritage who study and work at the Australian National University, one of the top universities in Australia.

Most of these women come from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds, yet through bilateral and multilateral collaboration between Vietnam and countries like Australia, they’ve been granted access to top-tier education through development scholarships, paving the way for their professional success. Among them is Ms Hang Duong, a mother of three and a PhD candidate at the Crawford School, originating from Tuyen Quang, one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam. Many other women in the room resonated with similar journeys.

Madam Lê Thị Bích Trân was deeply impressed with the achievements and contributions of these women, not only in academia but also in pivotal roles within the university, ranging from student recruitment to financial management. In turn, she shared her inspiring life journey. Coming from a poor but well-educated family, Madam Lê Thị Bích Trân discussed her experience in choosing her career, and the delicate balance she maintains as a wife, mother, grandmother, and career-driven individual. She spoke about the sacrifices she’s made, whether in pursuing personal interests or sacrificing a full night’s sleep, all guided by her simple yet profound motto: making the most of the 24 hours we’re given each day.

Her words resonated deeply with the women present, regardless of age, as many found aspects of Madam Lê Thị Bích Trân’s story to which they could relate, forging connections and inspiring further empowerment.

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