International Day Of The Girl Child Marks The Celebration Of Girls' Empowerment | Lao Tribune

International Day Of The Girl Child Marks The Celebration Of Girls’ Empowerment

The labour market is changing tremendously and is being transformed by innovation and atomization.

This requires more educated, skilled and qualified workers and todays’ girls need to be better prepared in order to pursue education and again appropriate skills for the existing labour market.

This year the Lao PDR celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child and Noi’s 2nd anniversary under the adapted theme With Noi: A skilled GirlForce. To promote girls’ empowerment and draw attention and investments that can create more opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.

Ministry of Education and Sport (MoES) with support from multi-stakeholders including, UN agencies, EU, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and International NGOs organises a high level forum in the morning and activities for young people in afternoon of Oct 11, 2018 at Lao ITECC Mall, Vientiane.

In the industries, men are the majority of employment and interestingly, 60 per cent of women in the workforce actually worked as unpaid family workers. To change this gender norm, adolescent girls need to be empowered and be able to make up their career choice, said Minister of Education and Sports Sengdeuan Lachanthaboune.

In 2018, the Noi 2030 Framework was developed and included in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) report that the government of the Lao PDR presented in the high-level political forum on SDGs in July 2018 in New York.

Each year, a different topic is highlighted to mark the special attention that girls require, alongside with the celebration of Noi’s anniversary. Different government counterparts take the leading role of the event year by year, according to Acting Country Representative of the United Nation Population Fund to the Lao PDR Victor Valdivieso.

This year, experts shared the progress made towards achieving the aspiration target related to adolescents in Sustainable Development Goals and how to bring down the adolescent specific indicators to zero by 2030.

Discussions were also held on the key challenges and bringing synergies in the efforts made by all relevant partners.

The day showcased the achievements in multiple sectors and the efforts that took place throughout the year.

The afternoon event celebrated and promoted the contributions that young people make. It was a lively event full of excitement and energy and included dance performances, live music and inspirational talks by women role models.

Various organisations also presented their materials related to girls and organised fun activities for young people.

In 2016, Noi was introduced to put adolescent girls and their specific needs at the forefront of the development agenda in Laos and as reminder not to leave adolescent girls behind the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2017, Noi was reviewed as an advocacy concept and a partnership opportunity with the aim to co-brand her to represent adolescent girls’ programming of all interested UN agencies, CSOs and private partners.

In 2016 the event was led by the Ministry of Planning and Investment under the theme Investing in adolescent girls for sustainable development of the Lao PDR, and 2017 Lao Women Union organised the celebration under the theme Power of the adolescent girl: vision for 2030.

At the end of the event, Ms Sengdeuan Lachanthaboune handed over officially the symbolic key of International Day of the Girl Child in the Lao PDR to the Minister of Health to lead the celebration next year.

Source: Lao News Agency