Women's representation in public administration in Viet Nam

01 Dec 2012

Women's Representation in Public Administration is very low. Currently, only 9 percent and 8 percent of Minister and Vice-minister positions are held by women respectively. Similar low representation is seen at the Director and Deputy Director level within ministries. Compared internationally, Viet Nam ranks 83rd in terms of number of women legislators, senior officials and managers. Viet Nam has a clear mandate from the National Strategy on Gender Equality to significantly increase the number of women in senior decision making positions. To meet these targets, the discriminatory unequal retirement age for women and men needs to be removed, affirmative action policies put in place to hire and promote qualified women to senior positions, and awareness raising campaigns aimed at men to play a larger role in child care and home management.