In 2013, Professor Carolyn Hamilton and Coram International conducted a mapping and analysis of national legislation related to violence against children in each of the ten ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). This mapping and analysis compared national legislation to international laws, standards and best practices, including the recommendations and findings from UNICEF’s Violence Against Children Study. The project included a detailed comparison across the ten ASEAN Member States, highlighting common issues, concerns, or successes and making recommendations for legislative reform.
In 2012, Coram International conducted a study on young people’s perceptions and attitudes on issues related to violence against women and girls in Lao PDR and Thailand in order to strengthen the evidence base on prevention of violence against women and girls in East and Southeast Asia. The assessment involved a series of highly participatory interviews and interactive group discussions across Thailand and Lao PDR, preceded by a thorough study of laws, polices and social norms on violence against women in the region. Coram International presented findings, analysis and recommendations through a report and a participatory data validation workshop including UN Women, UNICEF, the Ministry of Education, teachers and young people. This included the development of concrete recommendations for reform, and increased understanding of the root causes and social constructs that lead to gender based violence. The study informed the design of primary prevention interventions designed to address the causes of gender based violence.