Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
Although Lao PDR ranks 137 (out of 189 countries) in UNDP Human Development Index (2020), when adjusted for gender equality, the ranking in UNDP Gender Inequality Index (2020) considerably improves to 113 (out of 162 countries). In demographic terms, indicators for women appear to be positive for the country, with life expectancy for women being higher (69.7 years) than for men (66.1 years) and sex ratio at birth being 99.8/100 in favor of women (HDI, 2020). The 2021 Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum ranked Lao PDR overall at 36 out of 156 countries, second in ASEAN after the Philippines. Lao PDR’s highest score was in economic participation and opportunity, where it ranked first in the world. Its lowest ranking is 112 for educational attainment.
UNDP is committed to creating the necessary transformative change for gender equality in Lao PDR through mainstreaming gender throughout our programming and specific project tackling discrimination against women such as the Khan Hom Project.