A trainer from Gender Development Association lectures Lao media trainees on gender equality at the workshop.
Lao media trainees are currently taking part in a workshop on basic understanding about gender related rights, law and international conventions in Vientiane.
Objectives of the workshop are to update local media about gender equality rights and to distribute information to reduce violence against women and children in Laos.
The three day workshop was launched yesterday by Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Savankhone Razmountry.
The workshop has been organised by the Committee for Women’s Advancement, Mothers and Children from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and Gender Development Association (GDA), supported by Care International Organisation.
Trainees shared new ideas and exchanged knowledge strengthening their skills while participating in various activities to highlight gender differences in society.
Director of the Committee for Women’s Advancement, Mothers and Children, Ms Bouaninh Luangphinith told Vientiane Times that violence against women and children was still present, especially violence in households and illegal trafficking in rural areas of the country.
According to the workshop, the violence took various forms in society including physical and mental abuse.
Authorities were tackling household violence in rural areas by holding training courses for local officials, Ms Bouaninh Luangphinith said.
In his opening address, the deputy minister said the government was focused on promoting women’s equality by supporting their ability to develop which would in turn assist the nation.
“The workshop is important for trainees because they will learn current problems facing women such as having fewer works opportunities”, he said.
He added that men should attend the gender equality workshop and listen as part of women’s right promotion.
Another workshop will continue in Vientiane province next month.