This policy brief examines experiences with gender mainstreaming and the situation of women, men, girls and boys in Lao PDR to identify some of the barriers to inclusive economic growth, gender equality and poverty reduction. The purpose is to provide recommendations to help promote gender equality in the country's National Green Growth Strategy (NGGS) and as green growth is mainstreamed into national planning and policy-making. Gender equality is not only pursued because it is an intrinsic value and right in and of itself, but also because it is instrumental in realizing economic growth (International Labour Organization 2015).
The brief includes two sets of recommendations. The first set identifies three strategic gender issues that should be addressed for inclusive green growth. The second set includes three recommendations to enable effective gender mainstreaming in the NGGS.
- Making essential services and social protection accessible to all and responsive to women’s needs;
- Taking steps to better value and invest in care work; and
- Building on positive aspects of culture and challenge harmful gender stereotypes.