International Women’s Day in Laos is held every 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to highlight ongoing gender inequality and to call for further change.
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International Women’s Day was at first called International Working Women’s Day, and in Laos, there is still a lot of emphasis on the role of women in the workforce on this day.
In Laos, Women’s Day is taken very seriously. It is considered a truly “major“ holiday of the year. All the government buildings and many businesses shut down for the day, and workers take a much-needed break. Laos traditionally has a “patriarchal“ culture, but this is changing more and more as women gain further rights.
One tradition for International Women’s Day in Laos is that many women go out and drink beer. Meanwhile, the men stay at home and take care of the house. It’s a kind of role reversal idea, but it only lasts one day.