South Korea to Build Center for Gender Equality in Laos

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The groundbreaking ceremony of the Center for Gender Equality & Ending Violence Against Women (G-EVAW).

The government of the Republic of Korea will construct the Center for Gender Equality & Ending Violence Against Women (G-EVAW) as part of a project to prevent and eliminate violence against women in Laos.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Gender Equality & Ending Violence Against Women(G-EVAW) was held at the training center of Lao Women’s Union at Vientiane Capital on 21 December 2022 as a part of ‘the project on prevention and elimination of violence against women for mainstreaming gender into the national development agenda in Laos (2020-2024)’.

The attendants of the groundbreaking ceremony included Mr. Jung Yung Soo, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Laos, and Ms. Inlavanh Keobounphanh, President of Lao Women’s Union (LWU), Ms. Kim Myung Jin, Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA) office in Laos, and other officials.

Mr. Jung Yung Soo stated that the establishment of the center will benefit all women and girls as it will aid in enhancing the comprehensive support model for survivors, provide support in enhancing the capacity of policymakers and the counseling workforce in the Violence Against Women (VAW) system in Laos.

The President of the Lao Women’s Union (LWU), Ms. Inlavanh Keobounphanh, congratulated and appreciated the assistance from the government of the Republic of Korea.

The Construction of the Center for G-EVAW is expected to be completed in early 2024.

Starting 2020, the Government of the Republic of Korea, through KOICA, has provided a grant of USD 7 million to Laos to strengthen the national capacity for the prevention of and response to Violence against Women (VAW) in Laos, according to KOICA.