Navigating Gender Equality in Non-profit sector - Panel Discussion

Training: Gender equity, diversity & inclusion in Non-profit sector

Start date

02 - 03 July 2022 |09.00 - 18.00 hrs

- Training will be conducted in Vietnamese / Ngôn ngữ training bằng Tiếng Việt

Gender equality across Vietnam industries

Gender equality across industries project (GEAI) is funded by the U.S. Consulate General, with the vision to raise public awareness in the "gender equality" issues, which have been existing across many fields and sectors in Vietnam. The project for 2021-2022 has been approved to focus on 4 industries: Press & Media, Non-profits, Retails & Beauty & Education.

Non-profits has been selected to be our next industry. Gender equality is the 5th goal among UN's 17 sustainable development goals by 2030, and this matter has been long discussed as a “subtle and entrenched” issue within the Non-profit sector across the globe. Statistics pointed out that 70-75% of employees in this sector are women, with 60% female leaders in the small organisations, and this number drops down to only 20-25% in the larger groups (Rendon, 2021). Furthermore, according to Forbes US in 2019, salary increases for men almost double women’s, at 8.4% and 4.9% respectively. A recent study from Drexel University in 2021 further elaborated that executive female leaders earn 8.9% less than their male colleagues “when there is room for salary negotiations”.

Some root-caused problems being identified are: income inequality, salary compression, corporate sector spillover - when many nonprofit leaders are sourced from the private sector, and bias and lack of decision maker diversity - especially from the board members. What about gender roles? Is it a root problem in the Vietnam non-profit sector? Joining the panel discussion, the audience can hear the diverse voices from the stakeholders, as well as to see a broader picture to the gender equality matter in the Vietnam market for Non-profits. For the relevance of Vietnam's non-profit landscape, this sector will include social enterprises too.

At GEAI, we do not stop only at women empowerment, but rather focus on gender equality and diversity. It covers any gender minority presenting in a certain industry, regardless if they are men, women, or LGBTQ+.

Training guest speakers

Each of our guests with their expertise will add voices and diversify the training content.

Huynh Le Khanh

Co-founder For Good Vietnam Network

Linh Ngo

Director - ICS Center

Guest speakers

The first-of-its-kind discussion with the diverse voices from the industry stakeholders

Cu Nguyen

Deputy Director - DRD The Center for Disability and Development

Tuyen Vo (Kelly)

Head of Philanthropy Advocacy - LIN Center for Community Development

Mia Nguyen

Director and counsellor - Ladies of Viet Nam

Thao Lam

Executive Director - LIN Center for Community Development

Hien Le

Vice Dean, Faculty of Sociology-Social Work-Southeast Asian Studies - HCMC Open University

Focused training agenda

The 2-day intensive program will inspire and encourage you to be a gender equality change catalyst or champion at your workplace. Fully funded by the U.S. Consulate General, the training is specially designed and customized for each relevant industry. Field of training: gender equity, diversity and inclusion at workplace.

Saturday - 02 July 2022


  • Gender Gaps Awareness
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Gender role, stereotypes


  • Key challenges of gender equity in Non-profits
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Guest Speaker: Creating equal opportunities good practices sharing

Sunday - 03 July 2022


  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Environment
  • Guest Speaker: Non-profits Climate for diverse gender


  • Lead Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusive strategy & roadmap
  • Project planning, presentation & debate

Project time

How ready you are to be the champion of change? Let other champions lend you their hands too.

The project time lasts for 2 months after the intensive training days, when you will team up with other passionate individuals to work on a selected project. Upon the completion of the second training day, each team will develop an action plan together, and have 8 weeks to reach their setting goals.

Reflection & Graduation

Let look back on your journey of change together as a group, and reflect on the gender equality actions.

Has it been a challenging journey for everyone? Any fruitful result have you achieved? What does gender equality mean for you, and how is the current situation in your industry? Inspire others to be the champion of change like you too.

Application criteria

Who will be the ideal candidate to join this outstanding training program? Who can apply to join this special-designed training in the field of gender equity, diversity and inclusion at workplace?


23 - 45 years old


Commited to the whole training timeline


Mid-career professional


In Non-profit sector (including social enterprises)


Passionate/ care about gender equality


Willing to be the champion of change


No, the whole training program is fully funded by the U.S. Consulate General. It includes training fees, learning materials, and all the required coordination to make this happen. Make sure you can commit to the end of the program once being selected.
Yes, there will be a ceremony organized upon your completion of the program, issued and presented by the U.S. Consulate General. This will be a special moment as an outstanding reward at the end.
It depends on the team agreement, your action plan, and the expected objectives, all set by your team. A clear communication and supports among all team members are highly recommended to keep the project going.
The training will be in Vietnamese, as our beneficiary group are for the Viet people to be the champion of change in their work environment.

It will be face to face at The American Center. However, training method might be changed to hybrid or online depend on the unforeseen circumstances, such as pandemic, disaster, etc.

Yes, this is compulsory to evaluate your passion and authenticity. We just want to see the sparkles in your eyes and why you care about this matter. 

A short 2-minute self-recorded video speaking in Vietnamese (or English), answering the 3 questions from the application form will do the work. Relax, be confident, and wear a smile ^^

Remember to set the video access so we don’t have to request for the permission later (to save time). Your video is confidential and not stored by GEAI. We do not need the access later once the final result is out.

The program offers the same foundation of knowledge and frameworks for every industry. However, the examples, case studies, guest speakers, and content would be more relevant to the chosen industry. You can apply even if you work indirectly with the stakeholders from this industry, or have past experiences dealing with them. Remember, this is about an equitable work environment and opportunities for everyone, so the knowledge foundation and practical frameworks would always be suitable for anyone that cares.

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Venue: The American Center, floor 8, Diamond Plaza, 34 Le Duan, D1, HCMC
Guest welcome: 16h30
Program starts exactly at: 17h00
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Submission form

Training will be conducted in Vietnamese / Ngôn ngữ training bằng Tiếng Việt

This will appear on your graduation certificate

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Submit 2-minute video

1. Self introduction
2. Why do you want to apply for this training program?
3. If selected, how do you plan to share your knowledge and help raise awareness of gender equality to your colleagues and partners in the industry?

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