Viet Nam has been witness to dramatic socio-economic change during the past two decades. As a new middle-income country, it continues to rapidly develop with significant regulatory and structural changes building the foundations for a more equitable society. Despite these impressive signs of progress, headlined by a reduced poverty rate and achievement of many Millennium Development Goals (MDG) - including MDG 3 on gender equality, Vietnamese women today confront challenges fueled by inequality, discrimination and lack of economic opportunities.
To confront these challenges, UNDP has made gender equality and women’s empowerment one of its major new focus areas as part of its goal to support more inclusive, equitable and rights-based development in Viet Nam.more
Projects and Initiatives
This project will create opportunities for highly qualified women employed in Viet Nam’s public sector to undertake advanced study and research at the University of Cambridge and in collaboration with University of Cambridge scholars. The objective of the project is to help identify ways and means to empower women working in the public sector to deal with new challenges in relation to Viet Nam's deeper and broader economic integration, and prepare exceptionally talented women from Viet Nam’s public sector to take on leadership roles in all fields. more
Inequality between women and men in access to land, particularly upon divorce and inheritance, is widespread throughout the world and has become a key focus of legal empowerment initiatives worldwide. Equality between women and men has been guaranteed in all of Viet Nam’s Constitutions since 1945 and concretized in many of Viet Nam’s laws, including in relation to property rights.more
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen women’s representation and participation at legislative and administrative levels, contributing to the realization of the strategy and the objectives of building a democratic, just and civilized society.more