VIENTIANE, ANN, Nov 30 -- Laos Women’s Union President, Dr Inlavanh Keobounphan, on Thursday (Nov 28) urged the National Assembly to approve a new law in support of gender equality.
She presented a draft of the Law on Gender Equality for lawmakers to discuss and approve, saying the legislation was needed to ensure the implementation of the governing party and government’s policy on women’s advancement.
Speaking at the 8th session of the 8th Legislature of the National Assembly, Dr Inlavanh said the party considered the advancement of women to be important for national protection and construction.
The late President Kaysone once observed that women were not only a force for all areas of development but also gave birth to that force, Dr Inlavanh said, as she briefed the Assembly on the party’s policy on women’s development.
Given the pivotal role that women play in society, Dr Inlavanh said the Party acknowledged the importance of empowering women so they could fully take part in the construction and development of modern society.
At present, many women in Laos still face challenges, especially those living in rural areas, she said.
Many women live in poverty, while others have to work hard and many women still lack education and have limited access to health care, she added.
Other challenges Laos faces include the high rate of maternal mortality, while many women are at risk of domestic violence, social discrimination, and falling into the trap of human trafficking.
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