Marking a place for Lao Women on International Women’s Day :
I’m talking about the empowered Lao women who held her place to: de-mine UXOs, weave endless textiles, raise children post-war, and simply for all they’ve done to bring calm through the chaos of gender-based inequalities and socio-political struggles that plague our communities. Take note, Lao women ARE paving transformative journeys for themselves and we’re seeing a transition of acceptance and respect for their impact in our communities and changing the role of the ‘Lao woman’ forever.
These are Lao women in Laos and across diaspora communities from Minnesota to Australia who work towards the betterment of not only our unstable communities but changing the path for Lao women’s futures.
The impact of women have been documented and highly acknowledged by civil society organizations, UN agencies, and local NGOs who witness the social movements headed by women and how it changed their opportunities and societal norms forever (i.e. Burma’s Aung Sung Suu Kyi, Liberia’s Leymah Gbowee, etc.). When the shift in power go to women; the progressive steps towards peace, stability, and democracy increases. I’m not surprised. Often their progressive journey, defeats, and successes go unnoticed because quite frankly, they often work in silence and under the radar of the masses and the media’s glaring eyes.
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