This policy brief examines the gender dimensions of climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the context of Vietnam. It is argued that women in Vietnam are active actors in CCA & DRR and their concerns and contributions in a variety of spheres should be reflected in related policies and actions. Currently, there is a lack of awareness regarding gender equality aspects of CCA and DRR in Vietnam. It is asserted that actions are needed to increase awareness and this should be expressed through tangible political commitments and financing. The brief goes onto to argue that there are valuable lessons to learn from experiences at the local level; moreover, these lessons should be translated to sub-national and national levels, as well as other countries facing similar challenges.