Project profile — Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment in Vietnam


CARE Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011116)
2021-03-29 - 2024-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Vietnam (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Basic health infrastructure (12230) (30.00%)
• Health: COVID-19 control (12264) (50.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (10.00%)
• Government and civil society: Government and civil society statistics and data (15196) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This element helps to contribute to the project which aims to address the root causes of the unequal care burden placed on women in Vietnam by working with partners at the community level. Project activities include: (1) studying targeted ethnic minority (EM) communities and formal and informal urban workers to measure women and men’s time-use using an innovative mobile app and assign a monetary value to women’s time spent on unpaid care; and (2) collecting the data by using this appropriate tool to minimize interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic; and (3) informing the design of community-level activities and using this tool for dialogue and advocacy with policymakers. At the national level, this project aims to influence the provision of public services, infrastructure, childcare and social protection policies that help reduce mobility barriers and reduce and redistribute women’s unpaid care burden by targeting different policymakers. Project activities include: (1) supporting participants to influence the national target programme for Socio-economic Development in Ethnic Minority Areas 2021 – 2025, primarily Project 1 (housing, water, and sanitation) and Project 4 (roads, schools, irrigation and drainage system) to ensure the design, and the implementation of national plans with gender sensitivity; (2) ensuring the infrastructure meets the strategic needs of EM women to reduce and redistribute their current unpaid care role; (3) facilitating policy dialogues by studying the benefits of unpaid care work reduction at the district, provincial, and national levels to encourage government authorities to focus on investments in gender-responsive infrastructure; and (4) conducting a policy mapping on social protection policies and public services provision, to create a policy brief on care services, and work with others to build business cases and promote childcare in Vietnam.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) prioritized interventions that build on a network of local men and women collaborators of all backgrounds to become community facilitators of change; (2) trained and coached these change agents to facilitate gender dialogues and community events that promote gender norms and drive expectations around women’s role as primary caregivers; (3) included community volunteers, Father’s Groups trained on childcare, male/household champions, and community laundry groups to change agents; (4) promoted positive norms and attitudes that support reducing women’s time spent on unpaid domestic care work; (5) created opportunities for communities to change their practices related to unpaid care work by change agents; (6) improved cook stoves to save time for women who collect firewood and family and community members to limit time spent on additional care work; (7) enhanced gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and mitigate any unintended negative consequences of social norms change; (8) improved childcare options and services for children under the age of 2.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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