November 27, 2012
Laos is moving ahead in the promotion of women’s advancement, realising gender equality and women’s empowerment in all fields, especially among ethnic groups.
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong made the comments on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, which falls on November 25.
“The Party and government of the Lao PDR are firmly committed to implementing the policies on poverty eradication and sustainable and inclusive development in order to attain the Millennium Development Goals and graduate from least developed country status by 2020,” he said.
The government considers the rights and interests of women and children by emphasising education and capacity building for women of all ethnic groups, he added.
“The promotion of women’s advancement, gender equality and women’s empowerment in all fields is considered a priority under the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.”
The prime minister said that every effort is being made to ensure that women are equal to men in terms of access to education at all levels, as well as providing stable employment for women.
“To eliminate all forms of discrimination, we have to ensure that women are present and involved in decision making, starting with the family and moving on to administrative and governance levels in the Party and government and mass organisations,” he said.
Over the past year, the participation of all relevant government sectors, mass organisations and members of the public has been commendable, he said. Great strides have been made in the fight against social injustice, including the battle to eliminate violence against women, which still persists.
“We’re starting to prepare a draft of the Law on Violence against Women. We’re also working to assist victims of violence by improving the Counselling and Protection Centre for Women and Children, which provides shelter for women and children who are victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation,” Mr Thongsing said.
He called upon all sectors to ensure active participation in the implementation of the Party’s policies, state laws and regulations, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Children.