Gender equality

More Vietnamese want women to stay at home than world’s average: ILO-Gallup report

New landmark report clearly shows that in Viet Nam and around the world, most women prefer to be working and the majority of men agree.

News | 09 March 2017
HANOI (ILO News) – Three in every 10 Vietnamese women and men surveyed would prefer that women stay at home, the new ILO-Gallup report “Towards a better future for women and work: Voices of women and men” has revealed.

Although the figure is less than half of the percentages of those who would prefer women to work, it is slightly bigger than the world’s average. Only 27 per cent of women around the world want to stay at home, compared to 29 per cent of men.

Vietnamese women would prefer either working at a paid job (32 per cent) or be in situations in which they could both work and take care of their families (34 per cent).

This is also the same situation around the world, according to the joint ILO-Gallup report coming from the Gallup World Poll conducted in 142 countries and territories and surveyed almost 149,000 adults, including more than 1,000 people in Viet Nam.

Similar to the world’s situation, Vietnamese men’s views are close to women’s in many instances, the report showed.

Twenty-one per cent of Vietnamese men would like women in their families to have paid jobs and 44 per cent would prefer they be able to both work and stay at home.

“This survey clearly shows that most women and men around the globe prefer that women have paid jobs. Family-supportive policies, which enable women to remain and progress in paid employment and encourage men to take their fair share of care work, are crucial to achieving gender equality at work,” ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, said.

See the full report here.