“[This project will] increase knowledge and understanding of gender, sexuality, sexual health and sexual rights of the general population, and promote rights and greater social inclusion, empowerment and community development of under-privileged populations.”- ISDSISDS proposed an Our Bodies, Ourselves adaptation as far back as 2003, but funding did not materialize until 2013, when Oxfam Novib in the Netherlands stepped forward. ISDS worked with Nha Nam Publication to edit and publish the book.
For millions of Vietnamese women, especially in remote areas, it is difficult to comprehensively access medical information because of the lack in resources. Besides, the medical information on televisions, social networks, online newspapers and forums is often inaccurate or misleading. Meanwhile, in most Vietnamese family, women play the major role in taking care of the family and making decisions about health care. Therefore, if women lack access to medical information, it will lead to an implication that not only women but also men and children in in the family are also affected. This will also lead to many concerns about health for the whole community.
From the beginning of 2013, with Oxfam’s funding, the Institute for Social Development (ISDS) has implemented the project, developing and publishing the IEC material about the issues related to sexual and reproductive health for women and girls. ISDS expects that women can control over their bodies, their health and their lives, as well as become the catalyst for changes in society in general and in health status of the population in particular.
Content Available Online
Each of the Vietnamese volumes is available in full in PDF format.
For information on obtaining copies, please contact Khuat Thu Hong: hongisds [AT] gmail.com
ISDS: Community Action & Activism
The mission of ISDS, a nonprofit organization established in 2002 and registered under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, is to “work with local and global partners to build a democratic, inclusive and participatory society in Vietnam with an emphasis on promoting rights of under-privileged populations.”
In phase two of the Our Bodies, Ourselves project, ISDS has been using the toolkits in a train-the-trainers program across the country by tapping collaborative networks, including the Vietnamese Women Union, where ISDS’s co-director is on the central executing committee and which has 13 million members; the Vietnam Nurses Association; the University of Labor and Social Affairs; and the Institute for Family and Gender Studies.
Email: Khuat Thu Hong: hongisds [AT] gmail.com
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