Dr. Chuleepran with the church women from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on the 28th of November 2017.
Impact of immediate and long-term consequences of increasing violence against women and gender inequality was the thematic focus of a two-day training workshop held in Vientiane, capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) on 27-28 November 2017.
Organised and facilitated by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) together with the Women’s division of the Lao Evangelical Church was attended by 60 women representatives from different parts of the LPDR.
Various sessions of the workshop covered on the ways of empowering communities for overcoming increasing violence against women Lao society.
The experiences shared by the participants analysed on how women’s general well-being affects negatively and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large.
Although legal systems and social reforms to end domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence against women in several Asian countries, but challenges continue to remain in implementing such laws effectively, limiting women’s access to security and justice.
The participants shared experiences of local situations of violence against women in Laos and highlighted the importance of mobilising church women in Laos to be engaged in advocacy on violence against women using national international and regional mechanisms/instruments at various levels.
“The Lao Church women will participate in efforts for strengthening ecumenical women’s networks in partnership with local communities and organisations to combat violence against women and build peace in communities”, affirmed the participants of the workshop at the closing session.
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