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Interview with Inthava Thonpheng, volunteer at the Lao Federation of Trade Unions Migrant Worker Resource Centre (MRC) in Savannakhet, Lao PDR
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As I play tag with Minta, a beaming four-year-old, it’s easy to forget the tragic circumstances that brought this bright-eyed girl and her mother to a UN Women-led skills training for women victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Xieng Khouang, a town in the north-east of Lao PDR. Tired from running, Minta settles into a chair, giggling, and I can’t resist reaching for my camera to capture her radiant face, pink from the exercise.
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As their country joins in a global campaign to stop violence against women, Lao journalists are better able to cover the issue at home and promote gender equality thanks to a training supported by UN Women, in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund...
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UN Women, with the support of Australian Government had developed landmark tools for estimating the resources required to respond to violence against women in South East Asia. With growing evidence that violence against women is a major drag on national economies, there is new interest in understanding what the costs of appropriate responses are for governments to curtail the short and long term consequences, and support survivors in their journey for healing and justice. The total cost of...
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A landmark report has revealed that almost a third of women in Lao People’s Democratic Republic have experienced physical violence, sexual violence or emotional abuse at the hands of their partners, in most cases their husbands. Commissioned by the Government and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and with the support of UN Women and the World Health Organization, the Lao National Survey on Women's Health and Life Experiences 2014 marks the...
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UN Women Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Roberta Clarke, visited Lao PDR to join different advocacy events on occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Her visit coincided with the official visit of Helen Clark, Chair of the United Nations Development Group and Administrator of UNDP. On November 26, UN Women Regional Director attended a celebration event at the Lao National Stadium to mark International Day for the Elimination of...
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Vientiane, Lao PDR - Helen Clark, Head of the United Nations Development Group and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, visited the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to join the 12th High-level Roundtable Meeting. Over 300 delegates from the government and development actors also participated, to discuss partnerships and cooperation for the effective implementation of the 8th Lao National Socio-Economic Development Plan. Helen Clark, Head of UN Development Group...
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UN Women Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Roberta Clarke, will visit Lao PDR to participate in different advocacy events related to the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Her visit coincides with the High-level Roundtable Meeting and the official visit of Helen Clark, Chair of the United Nations Development Group and Administrator of UNDP. Among other events, UN Women Regional Director will join 1500 students to celebrate International Day for the Elimination...
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To mark this month’s Orange Day, the Lao Ministry of Educations and Sports (MoES) with support from UN Women is releasing a video clip, or public service announcement, to call for public attention on the need to break the...
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The Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) in Lao PDR in collaboration with UN Women is planning to implement a training programme for young people on gender equality and for the elimination of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the country. The initiative was raised on a recent meeting between Mr. Lytou Bouapao, Deputy Minister of MoES, and Andrea Nyberg, UN Women Programme Analyst...
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Ten teachers and 60 students from the Vientiane Secondary School completed a pilot teaching and learning on gender equality and gender-based violence concepts using a manual developed by UN Women in partnership with the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and supported by the Australian Government. To celebrate this achievement, the students at the school, aged 13-15, performed dances, held a...
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From 17 to 20 March, members of the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), the Lao National Commission for the Advancement of Women (LaoNCAW) the Lao Women’s Union (LWU), CARE Laos, the Lao Positive Health Association and teachers from the Vientiane Secondary School gathered at the UN Office in Vientiane to learn innovative community-focused approaches to end violence against women and girls.   Photos: UN Women/Andrea Nyberg The training, organized by UN Women,...
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Together with youths from the Arts Education College in Vientiane, the celebrity, who is a role model for boys and girls in her country, premiered the song on a special event hosted by the Ministry of Education and Sports and UN Women Laos...
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From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.”
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UN Women and UNFPA together with our government partner the National Commission for the Advancement of Women (NCAW) and the National University of Lao (NUOL) hosted an event that utilized dance and drama to illustrate VAWG issues, raise awareness and encourage dialogue amongst university students from various faculties on issues such as peer pressure from friends, dating, engaging in sexual activity, date rape...
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Young breakdancers from Savannakhet Province and Na Kaiy village in Southern Laos support the HeForShe campaign.