Gender, Insecurity and Social Protection: Evidence from Five Mekong Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand)
Friday, 23 June 2017 – 13.00-16.00 hrs.
International Conference on International Relations and Development, ICIRD
Thammasat University, Tha Prachan, BKK, Thailand
This panel will present some of the findings of (i) a recent study on “Empowerment and Security for Low-Income Women in Four Mekong Countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam)” together with (ii) a study of the “Women’s Movement in Thailand” that has been promoting gender and social justice for decades.
The discussion will begin with an analysis of survey evidence regarding the following questions: what do low-income women in four Mekong countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam) fear the most, who do they turn to in times of reversals or need, and what are the implications of these findings for social protection policies in Mekong countries – through what channels can low-income women express their needs and concerns and provide effective inputs into the development of social policy? A case study from Cambodia will then illustrate how home-based women workers have attempted to negotiate with local authorities regarding social protection-related needs (including lack of access to adequate health care together with education-related expenses beyond the means of poor families).
The panel will then focus on the potential for increased women’s input into the making of social policy, specifically in Thailand but with possible implications for other Mekong countries as well, and will conclude with an analysis of implications for social protection policies in the Mekong sub-region.
The presenters will include the following:
- A brief introduction to the two studies (Dr. Philippe Doneys)
- What do low-income women fear the most? Who do they turn to in times of reversals or need? Evidence from four countries (Dr. Marc Voelker)
- Case study from Cambodia: low-income women negotiating with local authorities to meet health care and educational needs (Ms. Norm Sina)
- Case study from Thailand: Women’s movement and women’s input into the making of social policy (Dr. Duanghathai Buranajaroenkij)
- Implications for social protection policies in the Mekong sub-region (Ms. Kanokphan Jongjarb and Dr. Donna L. Doane)