Cambodia marks 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence


From the 25th of November to the 10th of December, countries all over the world will mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign. From lighting up historical monuments to organizing marching events and university debates, the world community is taking a public stand to end violence against women. In Cambodia, UN Women is organizing a range of activities together with members of the civil society and the government.

Awareness-raising event in Phnom Penh during the 16 Days Campaign 2014. Photo: UN Women/Inala Fatimath

Violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in Cambodia. Recent findings show that one in five Cambodian women will experience physical, and or sexual violence in her lifetime. Forty-nine per cent of women who experience violence will justify the violence with at least one reason.

This year, UN Women together with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs will organize four major events across the country to raise-awareness on the need to end violence against women and girls. Through a series of events, ranging from a marathon around the beautiful temples of Angkor Wat to interactive awareness-raising lectures, Cambodia will take a stand against violence.

What: 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women in Cambodia.
When: 25th of November – 10th of December


29th November – Running Race in Sihanoukville
4th December – 11K race in Siem Reap
6th of December – Dancing event in Phnom Penh
8th of December – Interactive University debate in Battambang


For further information about the different events, please contact:
Vutha Phon
Programme Officer, UN Women Cambodia
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Cristina Barcus
16 Days Campaign Assistant, UN Women Cambodia

Mariken B. Harbitz
Communications Officer, UN Women Cambodia

Social Media:

Join us for the global 16 Days Campaign on Facebook
Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtags:
#orangetheworld, #16days, #EndViolence

The joint 16 Days Activities are made possible through the generous funding of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.