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Vietnam has made strides in improving women’s economic empowerment; achieving parity in boys’ and girls’ primary school enrolments, more than 30% of women in tertiary education, and almost one third of small to medium enterprises owned by women. Vietnam has progressive laws around maternal rights and the government has ratified The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Despite some progress, cultural and political barriers continue to restrict opportunities available to women.  Employers in Vietnam pay women on average VND 3 million per year less than men, promote only half as many women as men, and discriminate against women in recruitment with 70% of job advertisements specifically requesting men.

In Vietnam, banks approve fewer business loans of lesser value for women than for men and the law forces women to retire five years earlier than men. Vietnamese society also places the burden of unpaid housework and childcare on women, pushing them to take informal, low-paid work or sacrifice their careers to spend more time at home.

In collaboration with corporations and business leaders, impact investors and entrepreneurs, governments and advocates in Vietnam, Investing in Women is building the business case and spearheading the campaign for women’s economic equality in South East Asia.

Latest Resources

CEO Brief to Promote Inclusive Leadership and Gender Equality in Vietnam

10 June 2022

Designed as a resource“from executives for executives”, CEO Brief to Promote Inclusive Leadership and Gender Equality in Vietnam uses real-life examples and covers the WHY and WHAT of inclusive leadership.

Gendered Impacts of MSME Policy Responses to COVID-19 in South East Asia

07 June 2022

This report uncovers the outcomes of MSME policy responses to the pandemic in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, analysing the varied experiences of women and men in the MSME sector. 

Drivers of Change for Workplace Gender Equality

06 May 2022

This fact sheet highlights seven key drivers of workplace gender equality (WGE) that play an important role in achieving WGE.

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