UN Women Viet Nam

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After the end of a war that devastated the country, Viet Nam’s political and economic reforms that started in the mid-1980s contributed to impressive socio-economic progress. Viet Nam managed to reduce the poverty rate from 58.1% in 1993 to 9.6% in 2012 and the country transitioned to lower Middle-Income status in 2010. The Government has made significant progress in promoting gender equality also. In addition to gender equality guarantees in the Constitution, milestone legislations introduced include the Law of Gender Equality (2006) and the Law on Prevention and Control of Domestic Violence (2007).

  Wages and Equitable Growth in Viet Nam. Source: ILO

However, while women's labour force participation is one of the highest in the region at 73.2% (2013), women have limited access to formal employment and are disproportionately engaged in vulnerable employment (69% in 2012) that do not provide social security. Prevalence of domestic violence is high with three in five ever married women experiencing some form of violence in their lifetime by their intimate partner. The harmful practice of son preference is also resulting in a highly skewed sex ratio at birth (113 boys to 100 girls in 2013). These are a result of weak enforcement of the law and deep-rooted gender stereotypes and social norms that limit opportunities for women and girls.

UN Women is part of the UN “Delivering as One” initiative in Viet Nam and it leads UN’s advocacy to further promote gender equality by enhancing women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls and improving women’s access to justice, and making gender equality a key part of the national legal framework, policies and plans.

News and Updates

"The most important strategy in dealing with HIV epidemic is engaging women in all levels and guaranteeing their rights." - Professor Françoise Barré-Sinouss, who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize for co-discovering HIV virus. Photo: UN Women/Vu Han

Women's participation in decision-making key to controlling HIV spread in Viet Nam, says the co-discoverer of the virus

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

To control the spread of HIV, Viet Nam must protect the rights of affected women and have them participate in making HIV prevention and response policies and in carrying them out, say experts including the virologist who helped discover the virus. Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a member of the National Academy of Sciences in France who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for her work, joined other experts in discussing... more

Launching Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence in Viet Nam

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Today, the United Nations in Viet Nam and Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and other related ministries launched the Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence in Viet Nam. The event brought together over 100 participants, including representatives from difference ministries, Socio-political Organizations, the UN in Viet Nam, bilateral and multilateral donors and NGOs. The Essential Services Package (ESP)... more

Viet Nam: "Delivering as One" message to end violence against women and girls

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

In response to the 16 Days of Activism Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls (25 Nov-10 Dec) and the UN Secretary-General UNiTE Campaign, UN staff in Viet Nam, led by UN Women, joined hands to deliver a strong "One UN" message to end gender-based violence in Viet Nam under this year's theme "Leaving No One Behind". Globally, one in every three... more

UN Women urges action to facilitate progress on women’s entrepreneurship at APEC 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

In a keynote speech delivered to the “Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business” part of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri urged for action to facilitate progress on women’s entrepreneurship in the region, and globally. The Forum is an activity of the Policy Partnership on Women and the... more

“Enabling empowered women to work equally in all the productive sectors” —Lakshmi Puri

Friday, September 29, 2017

Keynote speech by United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at 2017 APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business — I thank our host, the Minister Dao Ngoc Dzung and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the President of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) who have convened this APEC Forum dedicated to... more


The Change-Makers


Young people are the leaders and change makers for today and tomorrow – they have the opportunity to shape the world we want. A focus on young people is crucial for advancing gender equality, for preventing and eradicating violence against women, and create a world in which men and women live in healthy and respectful relationships with each other. To promote this goal, the Asia-Pacific UNiTE Campaign... more

Ha Noi Recommendations for Action on Gender and DRR


In response to these concerns, the Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction was held between 16 and 18 May 2016, organized by UN Women and the Government of Viet Nam, in collaboration with UNISDR, UNDP, and other partners, with support from the Government of Japan. The conference brought together over 300 participants from Viet Nam and twenty-two countries across the Asia-Pacific region to identify actions to ensure implementation of the Sendai Framework in the... more

Making inclusive growth work for women


The study “Towards gender equality in Viet Nam: Making inclusive growth work for women” is an ambitious effort to look at Viet Nam’s economy through a gender lens. Drawing a comprehensive gender-disaggregated statistical picture of selected economic sectors, our analysis highlights the unequal distribution of productive resources across different groups of women and men, persisting... more

Women and Sustainable Development Goals - Viet Nam towards 2030


On 25 September 2015, the UN Member States adopted a roadmap to sustainable development by 2030. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the accompanying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gender equality and women’s empowerment is recognized as a vital means to help accelerate sustainable development through a key stand-alone ... more

At a Glance

Some basic facts and figures of UN Women work to promote Gender Equality and empower women and girls in Viet Nam... More

Making inclusive growth work for women
The study “Towards gender equality in Viet Nam: Making inclusive growth work for women” is an ambitious effort to look at Viet Nam’s economy through a gender lens. Drawing a comprehensive gender-disaggregated statistical... More ►
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