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Ramona Vijeyarasa explores the issue of gender equality in Vietnam and argues that the picture is far more complex than one of rapid advancement towards attainment of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3. She shows that when data is disaggregated and progress is measured against other international standards – including those set out in the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and global commitments made at the United Nations (UN) Conference on population and development in Cairo and women in Beijing – greater investment, both financial and human resources, and increased political will, are needed well beyond 2015. Vijeyarasa examines Vietnam’s achievements and shortfalls as measured against the MDGs with an eye to the potential for institutional reform of gender machinery at the national and international levels in order to create stronger accountability for the rights of Vietnamese women and progress towards women’s empowerment.