Laos improves strategy for women’s advancement

January 20, 2011

(KPL) The Lao National Commission for the Advancement of Women (Lao NCAW) yesterday organised a consultative workshop on the improvement of the 2nd National Strategy for the Advancement of Women for the next five years, 2011-2015, in line with The Party and government policy on women.

‘The improvement is focused on the context of plans of action, targets, and measures to ensure the strategy’s implementation,’ said President of the Lao Women’s Union and also Vice-President of the Lao National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Sisay Luedethmounsone.

However, the Lao Women’s Union president said the implementation of the strategy over the next five years would see some challenges and difficulties. These include budgetary shortage and its implementation needs public awareness raising and practical measures.

The Lao PDR, particularly the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, has drafted the first National Strategy for the Advancement of Women (2006-2010) in order to translate into reality the Party and government policies on women, the constitution of the Lao PDR, the Beijing Platform for Action, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination (CEDAW) and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, said Ms. Sisay. Last year, the Commission conducted an assessment on the implementation of the first National Strategy for the Advancement of Women. With reference to the assessment, the Commission drafted the 2nd National Strategy for the Advancement of Women for the next five years (2011-2015).

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