To celebrate the contribution of women in Lao PDR, BEQUAL interviewed women involved in education and the BEQUAL program. We gathered their views and opinions on the challenges faced by women and how education could help. Several interviews were broadcasted on the Lao National Radio in March ahead of International Women’s Day.



Let’s hear the voices of Lao women…

Mme Varadune Amarathithada
Former Deputy Director General,
Department of Teacher Education,
Ministry of Education and Sports

“I think education has played a very important role for changing perceptions about women. Once women have access to knowledge and skills, they can stand for themselves and share their voices. This is very critical.”

Miss Taliam Ban-Art
Ethnic Student Teacher, Saravan Teacher Training College
“Once I graduate, I will go back to develop my village by encouraging the children both boys and girls, to go to school and study. I will talk to their parents to support them to attend school.”

Mme Nuansy
Head of Pre and Primary Education Division, Xiangkhouang Provincial Education and Sports Service

“When women receive education, they will know how to protect themselves, how to access information; they will be able to develop themselves, their families and get a permanent job which means they will have stable income that gives them the ability to resolve problems.”

Miss Cheng Vongkhamchan
Ethnic Student Teacher, Saravan Teacher Training College

“When there are many children in the family, parents will support boys more than girls because they think girls are too weak to travel long distance to reach school.”

Mme Chanthamala Southammavong,
Director, Ban Keun Teacher Training College

“As a woman in a leading position, I would like to send this message to all women: be patient and keen to learn more; be committed and work hard to reach a leading position; help each other and always look at the gaps and mistakes and find a solution to achieve your goal.”


Miss Aeng Sisaket, Ethnic Student Teacher, Saravan Teacher Training College

“Girls have equal rights to boys. If boys can go to school, girls can as well. Women can also play a role in society.”