Total Cost (EUR): 532 802.36
EU contracted amount (EUR): 400 000
Duration: March 2016 - August 2019
Implementing organisation: HELVETAS SWISS INTERCOOPERATION ASSOCIATION
Funding Instrument: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
Benefitting zone: Laos
Madam Souphone Vorravong, Vice Chairman of Vientiane Capital Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers – Children.
The implementation of the international conventions and national laws to protect and combat violence against women and children remains a challenge. Domestic violence still considers as family matter and should not be discussed because of its impact on a family’s reputation. Women are still reluctant to report the incidents due to fear or shame and a weak judicial system. A pervasive lack of capacity to address the problem cuts across government, civil society, law enforcement, judiciary, and village elders responsible for the customary. This leaves women vulnerable to GBV.
My life is better since I have received legal aid from Legal Aid Clinic
"I had suffered from violence 17 times since I married him 10 months ago; the last time was on 18 August 2017, he punched my face, kicked my legs which made me unable to walk for a week. I used to inform the head of the village and he called my parents in law to come to the village office, but they didn’t come, and said that they will talk to their son by themselves, but nothing happened, and my husband continues hitting me. I felt lonely and didn’t know where to go and what to do, I felt scared of him at all times. One week later, I decided to report to the Village Mediation Committee, where they recorded my issue and suggested me to come to Legal Aid Clinic (LAC) at Nongsonghong village. Now, I feel very lucky that my case has been taken. I moved to stay with my parents at Nongsonghong village, and my life is better since I have received legal aid from LAC. I am now waiting for court to approve my divorce”.
A victim of GBV from Nasala village, who received legal aid from EU funded Legal Aid Clinic, her case is being process to the zone II court at Saythany district, Vientiane capital.