Draft law seeks to empower women, promote gender equality

Published on July 27, 2013

A draft law on the Lao Women’s Union debate in parliament seeking to empower women, promote gender equality

A draft law on the Lao Women’s Union debated in parliament yesterday seeks to better empower women and promote gender equality in society. According to President of the Lao Women’s Union, Sisay Leudetmounsone, said it is essential to have the law in place as guidance to improve the organisational structure of the union.

Representing the law drafting committee, President of the Lao Women’s Union, Ms Sisay Leudetmounsone, said if approved, the new law will also function as a reference to improve the union members and support the growth of the organisation in both quantity and quality of members in order to achieve the effective work of the union, she told parliament.

The draft law says that the state must draw up a policy to promote and create conditions to facilitate women’s development and to have their all-round rights protected for the advancement of women as well as promoting gender equality in families and society.

President of the Lao Women’s Union, Ms Sisay Leudetmounsone, said it is essential to have the law in place as guidance to improve the organisational structure of the union, which is the body that represents the rights and protection of women and their children.

Welcoming the draft law, many NA members said they would vote for it and expressed hope that once it is approved, it will add fuel to the government’s effort to promote women’s empowerment. Despite the fact that the government has exerted much effort to promote gender equality, protecting women and their rights and interests has been difficult.

Source: LNTV Lao News in English