Maternity Protection Policy Expansion for Female Workers in Informal Sector in Viet Nam

28 Jul 23
Topic(s): Breastfeeding, Maternity Protection, Newborn Health
Location: East Asia Pacific
Language(s): English, Vietnamese
Audience: Media, Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers, Public
Organization: Alive & Thrive
Programs: Policy advocacy

In Viet Nam, one out of every two children is born to a mother who is not entitled to paid maternity leave, largely because female workers in the informal sector are excluded from these policies. Alive & Thrive has collaborated with SUN CSA Viet Nam to advocate for the expansion of maternity entitlements to the informal sector in Viet Nam. This report provides key evidence on the necessity of a more inclusive maternity protection policy and our recommendations for the revision of Viet Nam's Law on Social Insurance, which is expected to be debated by the National Assembly in October 2023 and passed in May 2024.