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DPM Calls for Joint Efforts to End Violence against Women

With a number of women continuing to suffer violence, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone has called for joint efforts from all walks of life to put an end to violence against women.

Delivering a message on Tuesday to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women that falls on November 25, the DPM described the violence against women as unacceptable’.

A survey on women’s health conducted in 2014 showed that one in three married women suffered at least one kind of violence. Seven percent experienced sexual violence from husbands or partners and 12 percent suffered physical violence.

A number of Lao girls suffered sexual violence. A survey on child violence conducted previously found that 94 of 1,000 births were delivered by girls aged between 10-19 years, which is the highest numbers of young girls delivering births compared to countries in the region. Five percent of these girls did not want to have sex before 18 years, according to Dr Sonexay.

Globally, one in every three women or about 35 percent of women and girls experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by their husbands or partners. More than 700 million women have been forced to marry when they were young, the DPM said, citing statistics.

Worse, as many as seven in 10 women are suffering sexual violence in some countries.

Dr Sonexay stated that violence against women has been caused by discrimination against women, uncivilised and outdated traditions, superstition, poor education and gender views among others.

The occurring violence has caused physical and spiritual impacts on women, depriving them from participating in the development process, he said.

The violence against women has brought negative impacts on socio-economic development. It is an enormous obstacle for gender equality.

In a move to address the issue, the UN General Assembly adopted in 1979 the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to which 189 countries have been state parties to the convention that came into force in 1981. A number of action plans have been undertaken to protect the rights and interests of women and girls.

I n Laos, a policy has been implemented to promote and develop women and girls in an attempt to ensure they enjoy equal rights politically, economically, socially and culturally as men and boys do and ensure that their interests are protected, Dr Sonexay said.

In an effort to put an end to the remaining violence against women and girls in the country, Dr Sonexay called for all sectors in society to intensify the campaign and awareness-raising to change outdated traditions, discriminatory attitudes and view s toward women.

He pressed the need to provide necessary assistance to victims of violence, ensure women have access to education and training, employment and services, while carrying out activities and enforcing laws to eliminate any violence against women and children.

Increasing regional and international cooperation in the fight to eliminate all forms of domestic violence will also contribute to addressing the issue.

Source: Vientiane Times

Chinese Group Backs Poverty Eradication Efforts

The International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) will provide US$5 million this year to assist in eradicating poverty in two villages in Vientiane and Luang Prabang province.

The money will be used to alleviate poverty in Xam village of Sangthong district, Vientiane and in Xienglome village of Luang Prabang district, Luang Prabang province.

At the end of this month a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony will be held in the capital between representatives of the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (NRDPE) of Laos and the Coo peration Division of IPRCC.

At the same time, the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China will meet with representatives of Myanmar and Cambodia to sign agreements to assist in their respective poverty eradication efforts.

A Lao-Chinese Seminar on Poverty Reduction was held at the NRDPE on Monday, and was attended by Vice Chair of NRDPE Mr. Thongvanh Vilayheuang, Chief of Cooperation Division, IPRCC Ms Li Shaojun, and senior officials from various organisations.

The seminar’s aim was to share lessons learned by Lao officials from training programmes in China, to discuss the roles and functions of the Chinese delegations visiting Laos and perspectives of NRDPE tasks, while also targeting capacity building in rural development and poverty eradication for Lao government staff from different sectors.

Mr. Thongvanh said the seminar was very important for assisting poverty eradication and strengthening the traditional and longstanding good relationship between Laos and China.

Laos has been collaborating with the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China, engaging in seven types of training programmes and high level visits to focus on sharing experiences and upgrading methodologies based on China’s extensive efforts to alleviate poverty.

We are exchanging experiences with each other to try to eradicate poverty. Laos has good land, electricity and water so the country has a good environment with its small population. Laos is in a better condition than China with its very large population and about 50 million people around the country still living in poverty, Ms Li said. Cooperation with neighbouring countries was crucial to exchange lessons learned and to facilitate poverty eradication efforts, she added.


Source: Vientiane Times

Authorities Bolster Efforts to Stem Illegal Wildlife Trade

Despite concerted efforts by officials to end the illegal wildlife trade through regular inspections at markets throughout the country, the trade continues to flourish.

To reduce illegal wildlife trading in Laos, especially in the main towns, the authorities have asked various agencies to join the Cooperative Action to Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade project.

The new collaborative initiative was revealed on Wednesday by officials from the Wildlife Conservation Society in Laos with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

The agreement was signed by the Director General of the Department of Forest Inspection at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr.  Khamphout Phandanouvong, and the Director of Conservation Initiatives for the Mekong Region, Dr Christopher Holmes.

The five-year project costs US$832,350 (over 6.7 billion kip) and will be implemented in the provinces of Vientiane, Borikhamxay, Khammuan, Savannakhet and Champassak.

The project is supported by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the International Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, and the US Fish and Wildlife Services.

With the support of these organisations, a multifaceted programme of trade regulation, capacity building, and dissemination of information will be implemented in the target areas.

At present, many animal species in Laos face a high risk of extinction because they are overexploited in poor, rural areas. These species are generally hunted and killed for sale to individuals and restaurants.

Vientiane is the centre of the illegal wildlife trade because of the large population and access to the international market. According to a recent report from the Department of Forest Inspection, wildlife is traded illegally for a variety of reasons, including human consumption, keeping as pets, use as ingredients in traditional medicine, and for releasing during festivals.

While loss of habitat poses an additional strain on wildlife populations, persistent over-harvesting of species is having devastating results. The unsustainable harvest of wildlife constitutes the single greatest danger for species on the decline.

The authorities continue to encourage restaurants and international border checkpoints to assist in enforcing control measures to prevent the illegal trade of protected species.

To end the illegal trade of wildlife, all sectors concerned should work together to increase public awareness of the value of biodiversity and the importance of conserving Laos’ natural areas.

Since 2002, WCS has worked with various ministries and development partners to patrol markets and restaurants in search of people involved in the illegal trade. Many seizures continue to occur in Vientiane or other provinces as well.

In the hopes of changing the consciousness of the next generation, the department is undertaking public campaigns on the impact of illegal wildlife trading in schools and other entities throughout the country.


Source: Vientiane Times

Lao PDR Makes a Significant Progress in Child Right Efforts

The Lao PDR has made significant progress in child right promotion with international convention incorporated into national laws and policies on child rights.

A workshop held in Vientiane on Tuesday was told that the government has made legal child protection frameworks including law on Juvenile Criminal procedures, Prime Minister’s Decree of Adoption, Law on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Children.

National strategies and plans of action that take into account the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child have been developed in the areas of Inclusive Education, Nutrition and violence will also be reported as the government is striving towards achieving the 8th National Socio-economic Development Plan as well as Sustainable Development Goals.

UNICEF Representative Hongwei Gao appreciated the government of Lao PDR, in particular the National Commission for Mothers and Children upon the progress made towards the development of the state report on the implementation of the convention of the rights of the child.

Ms Gao said that the Lao PDR has achieved MDG targets on poverty reduction, universal access to primary education, gender parity in primary education, maternal mortality reduction, and access to water and sanitation though there are some targets remain unmet such as child nutrition and primary school completion.

“UNICEF is pleased to partner with you and support this process. We remain committed to supporting the government in order to promote and realize the rights of all children through further implementation, monitoring and reporting on the CRC (UN convention),” added Ms Hongwei.

Tuesday’s workshop, which saw the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, provided an opportunity to the government, ministries, development partners, CSOs and NGOs to review and provide inputs into a draft report that has been developed under the leadership of the National Commission for Mothers and Children, with the technical and financial support provided by UNICEF.


Source: KPL

PM Urges more Efforts in Research Work

The Ministry of Science and Technology has to work harder in developing the sector so that its achievements serve those of other sectors, contributing to socio-economic development in the country.

Association Pursues Wild Animal Protection Efforts

The Lao Wildlife Conservation Association (LWCA) is carrying out a wildlife conservation and capacity building project to help protect wild animals in Laos.

Border Marker Setters’ Outstanding Efforts Awarded by Nation

Outstanding efforts by members of a team responsible for planting of marker poles at the border between the country and Vietnam have received recognition, with awards presented by the nation’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith.

Japan Supports UXO Clearance Efforts in Laos

The Government of Japan has extended grant assistance worth US$570,662 for Mechanical Cluster Submunition Clearance in Xieng Khuang, one of most UXO contaminated provinces in Laos.