The Ho Chi Minh Academy of Politics and National Public Administration has set up an institute to foster gender equality and ensure leading roles for women in public life.
The Center for Women in Politics and Public Administration will provide teaching, research and advisory services and run programs and initiatives to increase the numbers of women holding senior positions.
The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Program in Vietnam.
Ta Ngoc Tan, director of the academy, said between 2005 and 2012 Vietnam dropped 20 places to 43rd in countries' rankings in terms of women holding political roles.
In terms of ratio of women lawmakers too the country dropped 35 places between 1997 and 2012. It used to be at a very high ninth place.
Tan said the new center would work with relevant ministries and agencies to achieve the targets set under the National Strategy on Gender Equality.
They include having at least 35 percent of women in both the National Assembly and and local legislatures.