January 18, 2011(KPL) The officials of Ministry of Information and Culture, on 18 January learned the law on gender equality and international convention on gender equality with the aim to promote women’s roles in the ministry.
This law is a fundamental for the implementation of works in the promotion of gender equality in the Ministry of Information and Culture.
The Ministry of Information and Culture in cooperation with the Lao National Commission for the Advancement of Women held a meeting to disseminate the law on gender equality and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Taking part in the meeting were Director of Lao Press in Foreign Language Mr. Savankhone Razmountry, Director of Lao National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Ms. Chandy Pankeo and other officials concerned. Mr. Savankhone said that, ‘the gender inequality has happened worldwide not only in Laos, which is an obstacle in the fulfillments of Millennium Development Goal and socio-economic development plan’.
The Government has approved the law on women’s development and protection aiming at the gender equality and advancement of women.
The Lao PDR created the appropriated national mechanism to promote and protect women’s rights by establishing Lao National Commission for the Advancement of Women and the Lao National Commission for Mother and Children, and also approved national strategy and action plans.
The gender roles have also been put on the five years socio-economic development plan.
The Government is now continuing to implement the strategies and action plans to ensure the expansion and accession of education and public health for the women and girls especially in the remote area and ethnic boarding schools nationwide, which funded by the government.
To promote the gender equality, a quarter of members of the National Assembly of Laos are women, and they have taken high positions in the cabinet, which tends to increase in the future.
Thank to the Lao Government’s policy on gender equality promotion, the number of girls and women access to education is moving upward obviously.