ADWLE celebrates National Women’s Day 20th July 2019

Lao National Women’s Day 20th July 2019

Celebrated on 21 July 2019 at Dongbang village, Xaythany District, Vientiane Capital

Laughter and applause echoed as more than 270 villagers from ADWLE’s 15 target villages in Xaythany District and representatives from the Vientiane branch of Lao Women’s Union participated in Lao National Women’s Day celebrations organized by ADWLE. The event was supported with funding from Voice and Bread For The World.

To kick off the celebrations, we provided t-shirts for all so that they could join in the morning aerobics dance.  Our slogan of the day was “Good health because of no violence“. Aerobics is an activity that is good for health and it was great to see all participants enjoying and having fun together. For many of them, it was their first time to experience it.


After aerobics, village authorities gave an official welcome and highlighted the background and significance of National Women’s Day and ending violence against women. ADWLE Director Inthana Bouphasavanh spoke about ADWLE and and its plans for future projects in the villages. Other activities on the day included:

1.  A speech about history of  National Women’s Day, this year being the 64th year anniversary – by  Mrs. Vanvilay Vongsavath Vice-President, Lao Women’s Union of Xaythany District

2. Traditional Hmong dancing by volunteers from Nasala village


3. A ‘role play’ competition between 2 teams of newly married couples who have participated in ADWLE’s pilot workshops on GALS (gender action learning system). The teams acted out the key lessons they have learned about gender equality and mutual respect between men and women.


4. ADWLE’s mobile legal clinic and paralegals were on site to disseminate information about laws on gender-based violence and offer free legal consultation

It was clear from everyone’s smiles and laughter that they enjoyed this celebration.

“I arrived at 7am to get a shirt. This year was special because we had aerobics.  I was so happy with the day’s activities. I learned about gender equality, anti-violence against women, protecting women and children, and about ADWLE and their projects. I will tell other people about what I learned today, and will use the knowledge in my daily life” – Mrs Hieng, Nasala Village

“I was very happy to attend the celebration. The aerobics was new for me. The acting by the newly married couples was very interesting because it helped me understand more about gender equality and I could see the couples were more harmonious after learning with ADWLE. I want ADWLE to do activities in other villages in the next year and everyone to feel comfortable to attend the activities” –  Mr Porjoua Yan, ThadindengTai Village

ADWLE chose to carry out projects in these target villages due to their remoteness and ethnic diversity as well as reports of gender inequality, low levels of education, particularly among the female community members, and incidences of gender-based violence. We are pleased to see that our interventions are helping to increase gender equality and empower women and girls.

For more photos of celebrations, see below:

Warm-up stretches before aerobics

Participants follow the aerobics instructor

ADWLE Director, Mrs Inthana Bouphasavanh, addressing the audience

Enjoying the Hmong dancing

Role play on gender equality

Oppotunity for questions and comments

Meeting for selection new married couples in 9 villages, Xaythany district, Vientiane capital from 14 to 24 August 2018

29 couples from 9 village: 3 Dongbang, 4 Nasala, 3 Thadindeng Tai, 5 Thadindeng Neua, 2 Nontea, 2 Oudomphon, 4 Ladkhouay, 2 Sanoudom and 3 Paksabkao. we will choose only 27 couples from 29 village

  • Village authority had good cooperation for preparation and coordinated to the new married couple group.
  • New married couples attended the meeting and had interactively constructed discussion on the project carried out in their villages.

Village authority assisted ADWLE team to encourage the new married couples to more understand the project and the benefits that they will gain from such project if they can engage.

Training on Techniques on Counselling for the victims of Gender-Based Violence was organised on 4-6 July 2018 at Vangvieng, Vientiane province.

Training on Techniques on Counselling for the victims of Gender-Based Violence was organised on 4-6 July 2018 at Vangvieng, Vientiane province. 27 participants from ADWLE, LACVWC, LDP, CLE of NUoL, CLE of Champasak Uni were attended including 15 women

Participants learned new skills and methods on counselling for the victims including techniques of emotion of counsellors.

Supporting by: EU-Helvetas

Exchanged lessons of paralegals workshop was set up on 26 July 2018 at the 19 km Restaurant, Xaythany district, Vientiane capital

Exchanged lessons of paralegals workshop was set up on 26 July 2018 at the 19 km Restaurant, Xaythany district, Vientiane capital chaired by Bouavanh Chasoakao, Vice-Governor of Xaythany district who leads works of SubCAWC.

There were 45 people(21 women) attended, and 16 paralegal out of which 10 were women.
there are exchange between paralegal, our staff, and another:
1. What do you think about GBV manual of paralegal? What are useful?
=> They replied that it is a tool for using during real mediation in the village. The contents are complete. It is a tool to assist the victims. It is very important because it is a good reference and guides direction for addressing the issues happening in our villages
2. What does paralegal means?
=> They replied that paralegal is a person to assist villagers and to give an advice to the victims. They will accompany the victims access to justice process. They will help the vulnerable people who do not know laws and accompany them to meet each concerned organizations. They will record and conclude information, keep confidential and send to Ministry of Justice. To be concluded that the paralegals are volunteers, who already received training on assistance skill and methods, working in their own villages.
3. Why paralegals are needed?
=> They replied that due to the villagers do not know laws. Due to the paralegal are used to familiar with villagers, talk truly, know very well the real village situation and occurred problems.

– The workshop was conducted with good atmosphere, enjoyed and completed as defined objective.
– All participants concentrated in exchanging some lessons and contributed substantive ideas to the workshop.

support by: EU-Helvetas