Promoting gender equality in local governments

Apr 27, 2011

Ha Noi – At a recent workshop in the Mekong Delta the national strategy on gender equality was discussed as well as what needs to happen in the Delta provinces to achieve those targets. Speaking at the workshop, UNDP Country Director Setsuko Yamazaki highlighted a new report on women’s representation in local governments across Asia and the Pacific.

The report analyses women’s representation at rural, urban, district and provincial levels across the region. Compared to other countries in the region, Viet Nam is performing relatively well. At the national level, the representation of women is almost 26 percent. This decreases to 24 percent at provincial level, 23 percent at district level and 19.5 percent at commune level. However, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions at all levels.

As Setsuko Yamazaki stressed, it is therefore essential to look at both the obstacles that hinder women’s representation – such as the process of candidate selection in political parties and customary notions about women's role in society – as well as how more women can be elected into leadership positions, both at the national and local level.

Click here to download the full report