Apr 3, 2018 - Vientiane, Lao PDR

IWD Presenter Profile - DFAT Social Development Specialist

DFAT Social Development Specialist, Ms Mia Urbano presented Australia’s initiatives that promote gender equality and disability inclusion in innovative ways at the International Women’s Day 2018 workshop held by the Embassy.

Examples of good practices funded by Australian Aid include the Standing Up and Speaking Out (SUSO) project that aims to enable men and boys to become agents and activists for changing attitudes about violence against women. Laos Australia Institute’s (LAI) program is designed to support the human resource development and management needs in Lao PDR. Examples of LAI activities include: Leadership programs for senior women executives and managers in the public and private sectors, and job readiness programs for new women graduates from the Laos Australia National Scholarships. A program of English language training in 2017-2019 for the disability sector and people living with a disability will enhance skills for the workplace.

ທ່ານ ນາງ ເມຍ ເອີບາໂນ້ (Mia Urbano), ຊ່ຽວຊານດ້ານການພັດທະນາສັງຄົມຂອງ ອົດສະຕຣາລີ, ໄດ້ສະເຫນີແຜນການລິເລີ່ມຂອງ ອົດສະຕຣາລີ ສົ່ງເສີມຄວາມສະເຫມີພາບດ້ານບົດບາດຍິງ­ຊາຍ ແລະ ການມີສ່ວນຮ່ວມຂອງຄົນພິການ ດ້ວຍວິທີການໃຫມ່ໆ ໃນກອງປະຊຸມເພື່ອສະເຫຼີມສະຫຼອງວັນແມ່ຍິງສາກົນປີ 2018 ທີ່ຈັດຂຶ້ນໂດຍສະຖານທູດ.


ບາງຕົວຢ່າງຂອງຜົນການຈັດຕັ້ງປະບັດໂຄງການທີ່ໄດ້ຮັບທຶນຊ່ວຍເຫຼືອເພື່ອການພັດທະນາຈາກລັດທະບານອົດສະຕຣາລີ ລວມມີໂຄງການ Standing Up Speaking Out (ຫຼື SUSO) ເຊິ່ງມີຈຸດປະສົງເພື່ອສົ່ງເສີມໃຫ້ຜູ້ຊາຍ ແລະ ເດັກນ້ອຍຊາຍ ກາຍເປັນຕົວແທນ ໃນການປ່ຽນທັດສະນະຄະຕິກ່ຽວກັບການໃຊ້ຄວາມຮຸນແຮງຕໍ່ແມ່ຍິງ. ສະຖາບັນລາວອົດສະຕຣາລີ (Laos-Australia Institution) ໄດ້ຖືກສ້າງຂຶ້ນເພື່ອສະຫນັບສະຫນູນຄວາມຕ້ອງການດ້ານການພັດທະນາຊັບພະຍາກອນມະນຸດ ແລະ ວຽກງານບໍລິຫານໃນ ສປປ ລາວ, ເຊັ່ນ ກິດຈະກຳຂອງ ສະຖາບັນປະກອບມີ: ໂຄງການສົ່ງເສີມຄວາມເປັນຜູ້ນຳໃຫ້ຜູ້ບໍລິຫານອາວຸໂສເພດຍິງຢູ່ໃນພາກລັດ ແລະ ເອກະຊົນ, ໂຄງການຝຶກອົບຮົມພາສາອັງກິດໃນປີ 2017-2019 ໃຫ້ກັບພາກສ່ວນທີ່ຮັບຜິດຊອບວຽກງານກ່ຽວກັບຄົນພິການ ແລະ ກຸ່ມຄົນພິການເອງ ເຊິ່ງຈະຊ່ວຍໃນການພັດທະນາທັກສະໃນບ່ອນເຮັດວຽກ.



A significant step towards developing a centralised and coherent approach to monitor all Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the Lao PDR has been taken with the handover of a new ODA management information system (MIS) between the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and development partners on Wednesday.

Ms Phatsala Insalong is self-employed operating a t-shirt printing business with 8 staff members. She is one of the 18 participants of a Disability Inclusive Development English language program funded by Australian Aid under the Laos Australia Institute. Her story was presented at the International Women’s Day 2018 workshop held by the Australian Embassy in Laos PDR.

The NGO Consortium funded by the Basic Education Quality Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) program provides small grants in target communities to enable out-of-school children to participate in learning activities. A whole of community approach is used to respond to the needs of girls and children with a disability

The population of Lao PDR has low access to formal banking (25% of people save at a bank) and informal savings (by 37% of people). The Access to Finance for the Poor (AFP) program implemented by GIZ and funded by Australia Aid aims to improve financial inclusion of poor households in 6 targeted districts

The Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) supports its members by providing capacity building, providing a platform for employers to find skilled workers and seek partnerships to improve private sector engagement. LNCCI is a partner in the World Bank-managed Trade Development Facility II, in which Australia is one of the multiple donors.

The Oxfam Inclusion Project is funded by Australia’s Greater Mekong Water Resource Program to strengthen women capacity and participation in water governance in Mekong region

On March 7th, the Australian Embassy in Laos and the Laos Australia Development Learning Facility celebrated the importance of International Women’s Day by holding a cross-learning workshop focused on gender equality and disability inclusion in the Lao PDR.

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