Lao PDR National Survey on Women’s Health and Life Experiences 2014 (full report)

A study on violence against women in Lao PDR

Cover of Lao National Survey on Women’s Health and Life Experiences 2014

No. of pages: 262

Publication date: 2015

Author: National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Lao PDR

Lao PDR's National Study on Women’s Health and Life Experiences 2014 report is the first to provide nationally representative data focused on domestic violence. Its results reveal that violence against women and girls occurs across Lao PDR and pervades every level of its society. Many members of society were found to still view the issue as a normal part of life and something women should endure, despite it having a life-long impact on the well-being of women and their children. This study contains rich information and key recommendations valuable for programme and policy development to address and prevent violence against women and girls in Lao PDR. It is also a first step towards a better understanding of the issue, but challenges must be urgently addressed. An immediate response from this study is to acknowledge that violence against women and girls and domestic violence is not acceptable. Its findings will be used to revise the National Plan of Action on Prevention and the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children (NPAVAW) in 2015.