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Women's Union prepares for International Women's Day

The Lao Women's Union is gearing up to mark the 107th International Women's Day on March 8, with a raft of inspirational activities planned.

President of the Lao Women's Union, Dr Inlavan Keobounphanh, reported yesterday on the activities that will be arranged to celebrate the occasion, including a Walk for Family Health on March 4 at the That Luang esplanade.

Grandparents, parents and their children are all welcome to attend the activities that will take place on the day.

Authorities will also hold a workshop on building the strength of women in relation to sustainable environmental protection on March 7, at the National Convention Centre.

The Women's Union will also arrange competitions in the arts, literature, sports, and agriculture, and there will be a handicraft exhibition throughout the week.

Another workshop on laws and international treaties relating to the protection of women's rights and to discuss the development of laws on women's legal protection will also be held.

International Women's Day has its origins in the labour movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and across Europe.

Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a more global dimension in developed and developing countries alike.

Increasingly, International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped to make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in both the political and economic arenas.

I nternational Women's Day is a very important event celebrated in many countries around the world including Laos. It's a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 28,

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