Social development

Laos Marked as “Country of Concern” for Food Security

According to the report, around 71,000 people had severe acute food insecurity, while 1.4 people were estimated to have moderate levels of food insecurity.Laos was marked as a “country of concern” in August last year after being threatened by food insecurity, according to a 2022 ...

Jonathan Meadley

UNICEF, NA Strengthen Oversight Capacity on Child-Friendly Budget for Child and Women Development in Laos

UNICEF and the National Assembly of the Lao PDR have organized a two-day workshop to enhance the capacity of members of the Cultural and Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly from across all 18 provinces to monitor and ensure national budgets and spending are ...

KPL

Phuan ethnic group revives long forgotten stupa festival

​Xieng Khuang province is awash with development and is creating new tourist attractions in particular, most of which have historical and cultural connections. The province’s Khoun district is the original home of the Phuan people and is famous for its prosperity in times gone by. But ...

Patithin Phetmeuangphuan

Over 1,000 Human Trafficking Victims Get Assistance from Bokeo Police

​During a meeting on Monday, the Deputy Director General of the Police Department at the Ministry of Public Security, Major General Kanchanh Phommachack provided an update on the issue.Mr. Kanchanh mentioned the processes in place for victims of human trafficking to receive assistance through police forces at ...

Phontham Visapra

Investing in Ethnic Midwives to Protect Maternal Health, UNFPA

Vida is a 28-year-old midwife from the Akha community who is proud of her role in ensuring women in Lao PDR realize positive maternal health outcomes. Based at Long District hospital in Luang Namtha province, this Akha midwife graduated from the Oudomxay UNFPA-MOH supported midwifery ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

Building a strong justice system to break the cycle of violence against women

For the first time in the Lao PDR, on May 26-27, key justice agencies came together to explore how they could fulfill their role in responding to and preventing violence against women. This training session follows the recommendations outlined in a detailed capacity needs assessment ...

KPL

Establishing standard procedures to ensure there’s no “wrong door” for violence survivors to seek help

Historically, a fragmented approach has been in place in responding to violence against women, ad hoc measures and limited understanding by officials due to the absence of clear national guidelines. Establishing SOPs is critical to strengthen systems and create a clear framework for sectors to ...

KPL

Preventing Violence against Women through Storytelling

According to the 2014 National Survey on Violence against Women, more than 30% of ever-partnered women in the Lao PDR have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence by a male partner in their lifetime. During the COVID-19 lockdowns last year, the LWU Counselling and Protection ...

KPL

Advocating for women’s rights and gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

Women and men from the government, embassies, international organizations, civil society organizations, non-profit organizations, business sectors, media and youth, advocated for women’s rights and gender equality on Mar 9 at the French Institute.Ms. Mariam A. KHAN, UNFPA Representative to the Lao PDR said:  As we celebrate ...

KPL

Japan supports primary education for ethnic minority children in Oudomxay

The Government of Japan has decided to provide grant assistance worth approximately USD 470,000 for primary education for ethnic minority children in Oudomxay. The grant will fund activities for “Basic Education for Ethnic Minority Children in Oudomxay Province” for twelve months.The project aims to provide ...

KPL

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