A Joint Greater Mekong Sub-Region Parliamentarians – International Planned Parenthood Federation - East & South East Asia and
Oceania Region (IPPF ESEAOR) Communiqué was agreed upon during a workshop on migration addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) jointly organised by IPPF ESEAOR and Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) on 23 October in Cambodia.
The Joint Communiqué on migration addressed the SRHR issues and made 27 recommendations, including the creation of a regional strategy in the Greater
Mekong Sub-Region and the rest of the ASEAN on the provision of sexual and reproductive health and services (SRH) to migrants, on trafficking, HIV and AIDS,
and violence against women and children.
“Parliamentarians, policymakers, and civil society organisations working in the area of women’s rights and population and development have a critical role in
addressing these issues. Amidst the myriad of issues surrounding migration, health, specifically sexual and reproductive health rights, should be pulled out from
the backburner and thrust in the limelight,” said Ms Nora Murat, Regional Director, IPPF ESEAOR.
The move was a response to the migration issue which was identified as an IPPF priority area last February. “Nowhere else in the world will migration and its impact
on SRHR to be concretely felt than in the ESEAOR, particularly in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region” said Ms. Murat.
“It demonstrates that both civil society organisations and Member of Parliaments can work hand in hand and bring about change to the health, rights and lives of the
sub-region,” concluded Ms. Murat.
The ASEAN Parliamentarians-CSO Workshop on Migration addressing SRHR issues was attended by Members of Parliaments from Cambodia, Lao PDR,
Myanmar and Philippines and IPPF ESEAOR member associations from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.