Lao Women’s Union Establishment Day is a Laotian public holiday that falls on every 20 July. The purpose of the holiday is to remember the founding of the Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic) Women’s Union on 20 July, 1955.
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The Lao Women’s Union is heavily connected with the government and has much say in developing and influencing public policies in Laos. It has over a half a million members today and is provided for in the national constitution. It is tasked with protecting women who may be abused or discriminated against and in promoting gender equality and unity nationwide.
The union runs a women’s shelter in Vientiane, Laos’ capital city, where up to 50 women and girls can be sheltered at a time. The shelter helps victims of sex trafficking, domestic abuse, abandonment, and other crimes recover, while also giving opportunity to advance their education.