The Thai government has awarded the President of the Lao Women’s Union (LWU) Dr Inlavanh Keobounphanh for her work in empowering women and pushing for gender equality.
Princess Maha Chakri Srinidon, representing her mother Queen Sirikit, conferred the “Honourary Outstanding Woman Award of the Year 2016” to Dr Inlavanh on Monday afternoon, during the celebration of Thai Women’s Day in Nonthaburi province.
The awards ceremony took place at the Royal Jubilee Ballroom, Imact Muang Thong Thani Exhibition Centre in Pakkred, Thailand.
The event was led by Thailand’s National Council of Women and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of the Interior.
Dr Inlavanh was honoured for her dedication to women in her country, improving women’s rights and gender equality, including overcoming barriers.
“It has been a privilege and honour for me, especially as a Lao woman to have been given this award. This sends us a message that Lao women are being recognised not only in Thailand but also in the community of Asean nations,” said Dr Inlavanh.
Source: Vientiane Times