On Dec 15, the UNFPA team visited Sepone district to monitor the implementation of the Women’s 3 Goods Handbook.
The 3 Goods Handbook aims to empower women to realise their rights, especially sexual and reproductive rights.
It relies on recommendations that align with the National ICDP25 commitments, Noi framework and CEDAW observations.
The Handbook gives guidance on community, household and individual aspects such as i) safety of bathrooms and lighting, ii) equal housework responsibilities between men and women boys and girls, iii) equal educational opportunities for girls and boys, iv) prevention of marriage under 18 years, v) engaging men for prenatal care and ensure women give birth with a skilled attendant at a health center or home.
UNFPA Representative Mariam A. Khan noted that “UNFPA’s support is to protect the rights of women and girls, including to complete secondary education, increase representation of women in decision-making positions at the village level, and protect young girls from child marriage”.
Vice President of Lao Women’s Union Bouachanh Sihanard said: “The Women’s 3 Goods handbook was developed in line with the Women’s Development Plan and National Social and Economic Development Plan. The implementation of this handbook will improve health and well-being of women and girls, family as well as contributing to the development of the country.”
Source: Lao News Agency