Lao Red Cross women promote gender equity

By Sisouphan Amphonephong
March 9, 2013

The Lao Red Cross held a special ceremony on Thursday to consider the traditional role of women and their part in promoting gender equity on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Members of the organisation’s Women’s Union and Lao Trade Union and more than 20 other staff attended the event, which was also attended by the President of the Lao Red Cross, Mr Laoly Faiphengyua, and Deputy President of its Women’s Union, Ms Douangchan Kongfaly.

Speaking on behalf of the unions’ members, one woman stressed the importance of women’s inclusion and their role in promoting gender equity.

She encouraged Women’s Union members to strive harder for the advancement of women in their role as employees of the Lao Red Cross.

Local and international organisations in Laos work to promote the role and rights of women and protect their welfare and wellbeing, with various initiatives underway under the supervision of the Lao Women’s Union and international agencies.

International Women’s Day is observed every year in Laos by many offices and organisations, who hold sports events and entertainment activities to create a festive atmosphere and recognise the contribution made by women to society and the country’s development.

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