Vietnam: Institute for Social Development Studies

"Our Bodies, Ourselves" project coordinator Khuat Thu Hong (right, striped scarf) and editorial team members facilitate a discussion with middle-age women about their sexual lives, reproductive health concerns and issues related to menopause.

Project coordinator Khuat Thu Hong (right, striped scarf) and editorial team members facilitate a discussion with middle-age women about their sexual lives, reproductive health concerns and issues related to menopause. / Photo courtesy of ISDS

Publication

Three toolkits, under development

Language

Vietnamese

Our Bodies, Ourselves Project

The Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) is a nonprofit, NGO registered under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations. Established in 2002, its mission 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.”

ISDS proposed an “Our Bodies, Ourselves” adaptation as far back as 2003. However, funding did not materialize until 2013, when Oxfam Novib in the Netherlands stepped forward.

ISDS is currently developing a series of three toolkits based on “Our Bodies, Ourselves”:

  • Bodies and Identity; Relationships and Sexuality
  • Sexual Health and Reproductive Choices; Childbearing
  • Postreproductive Years; Select Medical Problems; Factors Affecting Women’s Sexuality and Reproductive Health

ISDS is working with Nha Nam Publication to edit and publish the book, with an expected publication date of June 2014.

In phase two of the project, ISDS will use 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.

Contact

Website: http://www.isds.org.vn
Email: Khuat Thu Hong: hongisds@gmail.com / kthong@isds.org.vn
Address: Suite 225, Entry 11, CT5 Bldg, My Dinh-Me Tri Area, Tran Van Lai st., Ha Noi, Vietnam
Phone: +84-4-37820058
Fax: +84-4-37820059