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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

Women’s Leadership in the ASEAN Region: Data Snapshot

13 October 2022

This report explores the various leadership roles that women play in the region, through available official statistics.

Impact of COVID-19 on private-sector employees in Vietnam – 2022

01 August 2022

This February 2022 survey explores the impact of COVID-19 on private sector employees in Vietnam.

Global Gender Gap Report 2022

22 July 2022

Since 2006, the Global Gender Gap Report has been measuring gaps between men and women based on economic participation and opportunity, health and survival, educational attainment and political empowerment.

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