Vietnam | ActionAid UK


  • 75
    75% of women have experienced violence at the hands of their partner.
  • 12
    12% of children are underweight.
  • 16
    16% of the population live below the poverty line of less than $1.90 per day.

Vietnam has the second highest number of women in parliament of any country in Asia, and has one of the largest female workforces. However, nearly one in seven women work in informal labour, with few rights. Domestic violence is high, with three out of five women experiencing some form of violence in their lifetime from their partnerOne in 10 girls is married by their 18th birthday.

As climate change disrupts rainfall and food prices soar, many of the most vulnerable communities in Vietnam are struggling to feed themselves. Forty per cent of the poorest children are suffering from stunted growth due to malnutrition.

Neang Sarath, 45, a farmer and a member of the community rice bank of ActionAid’s partner-ADIFE in Svay Rieng province.

Neang Sarath, 45, is farmer and a member of the community rice bank of ActionAid’s partner ADIFE in Svay Rieng province. She rides a bicycle every day from village to village to sell traditional Cambodian rice cakes, so her children can go to school. 

Photo: Savann Oeurm/ActionAid

What we do in Vietnam

Fighting for women’s rights

ActionAid staff deliver training in women’s rights to local communities across the country and we support them to lobby their own government for change.

We also run girls’ clubs in schools where girls can learn about their bodies and empower them to understand and assert their rights to have an education, live free from violence and marry if, who and when they want. 

Ending hunger

We support people to boost their crop yields, by helping them improve their farming practices and we campaign with them to change policies that drive up the price of basic foods.

In 2014 over 400 community groups were created, helping thousands of families to learn new skills, earn extra income and eat more nutritious food

Providing quality education

Women and girls in Vietnam are responsible for almost all the household tasks, from cleaning to cooking and growing food. This unpaid labour is rarely acknowledged as ‘real’ work and girls often miss out on studying and playing in order to help their mothers with domestic chores. This can often make them fall behind in school.

In 2015, ActionAid was invited by local rights groups to speak with over 1,200 women and men living in the Hoa Binh region about of the impact of unpaid labour, such as child care, household chores and fetching water. 

We also trained families about the long-term benefits of sending girls to school. After the training, many women reported that their husbands and sons were sharing tasks previously done by women.



Top image: Children at their kindergarten in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. ActionAid