ADWLE Director Delivers the Guest Speech at the Annual Australian Alumni Function

ADWLE Director, Inthana Bouphasavanh, was invited to deliver the guest speech to over 300 alumni at the Annual Australian Alumni Function on 10 March 2016.

Inthana received the Australia Awards Scholarship in 1994 where she did a Masters of Arts in TESOL at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, between 1994 and 1996.

Her story was the feature article of Issue No 3 of the Laos Australia Institute Newsletter.

“I am very excited and proud to have received the Australian Scholarship which gave me a chance to develop myself professionally and personally and inspired me to work for women’s rights,” said Inthana.

The theme this year was “Australia and Laos: Building Bridges to a Brighter Future”; this was reflected in the diverse alumni members who attended working in a variety of sectors, including civil society, Government and businesses.

The Australia Awards are funded by the Australian Government and aim to provide educational and development opportunities to successful applicants as well as to continue to strengthen ties between Laos and Australia.

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Keomoukda Phommachan

Keomoukda Phommachan

Hello my name is Keomoukda Phommachan. I have been working as a Programme Assistant with ADWLE since 2014. I graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture from the National University of Laos, Vientiane Capital. I have a keen interest in gender and law and a desire to assist vulnerable groups in society, especially women and girls. My work with ADWLE combines both of my interests and builds upon her previous professional experience conducting gender mainstreaming practices within the projects was involved in. I also have considerable experience carrying out data collection and analysis, providing technical support and managing organisation finances. These are valuable skills in her current position where my main responsibilities are to manage the finances and the administration of ADWLE.

Thatsany Keomany

Thatsany Keomany

Hi, I’m Thatsany Keomany or you can call me Mimi. I was a volunteer with ADWLE in 2015 and I become ADWLE’s staff as Program Officer in 2016.  I have a keen interest in the promotion of women’s rights as a tool for achieving gender equality. I have been assisting ADWLE with administrative tasks as well as assisting the Gender Manager with trainings at the Universities, including preparing the summary of documents after trainings and ensuring regular communication between ADWLE and the Universities. I also attend various trainings, conducts trainings herself and acts as a representative for ADWLE at meetings. My volunteer work builds upon my Bachelor’s degree in Administrative Law from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, National University of Laos, Vientiane Capital.