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Dok: “I have worked on numerous construction sites in Thailand for the last 20 years. I am a hard worker with a good reputation with my supervisors. After the COVID-19 outbreak, my work situation quickly deteriorated. Many construction projects were halted in March-April and, of course, this meant no work and no income for me. My colleagues and I stopped working around the time Cambodia celebrated the Khmer New Year. I wanted to be with my family during this difficult time, so I decided...
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Interview with Kong Ravin, Deputy Chief of Unit of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Bureau, Provincial Police Commissioner, Kandal Province, Cambodia.
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Cambodia marked International Women’s Day with a Khmer pop music concert and a digital campaign inspired by the HeForShe initiative, a global movement inviting men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for a world with gender equality.
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As a young man, Vutha Phon was troubled to learn that so many women and girls in his country had suffered from gang rape. Even boys assaulting girls. His mother told him about how in the forced-labour fields of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, women were swiftly slaughtered after being raped. Phon is now putting to work his longstanding commitment to help survivors of violence as an officer overseeing the Cambodia project of the UN joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence.
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Members of civil society groups and of the Government are now better able to produce and use statistics to advance women’s rights, thanks to trainings organized by UN Women.A total of about 90 people participated in the trainings, held on 25 October for civil society groups and on 26 October for high-level Government officials. Jessica Gardner, the UN Women consultant who led the trainings, said she hoped that all groups would give...
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Three Cambodian women welcome their first customer of the day to have a seat in the salon chair. Chantrea* gently scrubs her hair, dries it, and styles the locks in long twists. When the next customer enters, Kunthea* provides a manicure, her steady hands painting each nail twice before a clear coat seals the color. Finally, Sokhanya* finishes the treatment with a bit of eye shadow and powder to the customer’s face...
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Seventy young people participating in a UN Women-organized “Ideathon” have come up with innovative solutions to the problems women in Asia face in school and at work. The Innovation for Impact (i4i) Ideathon brought together 70 women aged 18-25 from across the region to discuss ways to improve women’s participation in the workforce and small-medium businesses, personal safety and especially sexual harassment, and access to...
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A project to strengthen women’s resilience to climate change and natural disasters in Cambodia has begun with government, civil society and women’s groups, and United Nations agencies discussing the best ways forward. The Cambodia project is part of a larger project that UN women is jointly coordinating with UN Environment in Asia-Pacific countries. The Government of Sweden funds the project, which runs from 2018 to 2022 and is called The Empower: Empowering Women to Secure Climate-resilient Societies...
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Local administrations in Cambodia are planning to incorporate into their climate change risk reduction plans the ideas contributed by female leaders who received training under a United Nations project. Local authorities discussed the plans with women’s and civil society groups on 17 and 19 October in two provinces, Prey Veng and Kompot...
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The Cambodian Government and its development partners have decided that efforts to protect female migrant workers should give priority to ensuring that those who abuse them are punished under the law. The National Project Advisory Committee on female migrant workers’ rights and opportunities made the commitment at a 30 October meeting to decide priority actions for their work plan for 2019. Cambodian government and development partner...
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With the support from UN Women, Cambodian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) people and activists have launched an online media platform to promote the rights of their community. The platform, dubbed LOVEISDIVERSITY, aims to engage youths, especially students, in increasing society’s acceptance of LGBTIQ people and the profile of LGBTIQ issues. It was launched on 8 June in a ceremony at Pannasastra University of Cambodia...
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Cambodia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people are continuing to urge the Government to make laws and policies to give them equal rights. The effort continued with a public policy dialogue between policymakers and more than 70 LGBTIQ activists, civil society groups and United Nations agencies. The dialogue took place at a hotel in Phnom Penh on 31 May, during Pride Week...
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Government officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand have jointly recommended steps to protect the millions of migrant workers in the region from exploitation and abuse. The officials from various ministries made the recommendations at a 24-25 May consultation that also included employers, civil society and international humanitarian organizations, and United Nations agencies - UN Women, International Organization for Migration...
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Civil society organizations in Cambodia celebrated International Women's Day (IWD) through arts and creativity with technical support from UN Women Country Office and with kind support from the Swedish Embassy. People from various backgrounds and ages came together, standing in line waiting to register their names to a festival under the slogan "Strength of Cambodian Women". Soengva Kong, 20, Sreynit Soan, 24 and Sreynoch Khun 21 of New...
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In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women – including those who are illiterate or single mothers, to help them improve their livelihoods.Twenty-year-old Vern Chantha is one. The fifth in a poor family of seven children with unemployed elderly parents, she decided to participate in training on agricultural techniques to improve productivity on her 100-square-metre family farm. “Sometimes the plants didn’t grow...
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The photo exhibition on Safe Labour Migration for Women on 5 May 2017 at The Mansion. Photo: UN Women/Sreynich Leng “I now understand more about migration since I joined this photo contest. Before, I only knew that migrants sent home remittances. I had never thought deeply about their safety and the challenges they face,” said Sorn Sokkheang, who won second place in the Youth Photo Contest on Safe Labour Migration for Women organised by UN Women Cambodia. The purpose of...
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Domestic work, a sector that predominantly employs women, is regularly excluded from national minimum wage protection, a recent joint UN Women and International Labour Organization (ILO) study finds. Many domestic workers earn far less than the minimum wage. “No one is born literate. Everyone was born the earn knowledge during their life.” In a crowd-silencing anecdote of Kyek, a 28-year-old domestic worker from Myanmar, UN Women...
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The UN agency for gender equality and women’s empowerment has pledged about USD 5 million to help the government and women in Cambodia. Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday met with Janet Wong, the country representative for UN Women, according to ministry spokesman Chum Sounry, who said the ministry is committed to working with the agency to help protect Cambodian women. Mr. Sounry said the UN Women’s office was established in Cambodia in 2010. In 2015, UN Women...
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The #WhyStop Short Film competition was a CARE Cambodia initiative to encourage young Cambodians – particularly young men – to explain to their peers why sexual harassment must stop. It was promoted to schools, universities and youth groups around the country via a robust social media strategy and a travelling Roadshow. Over 1,000 young people were involved in making the 50 original films entered, before 16...
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“It felt wrong that my sister was not given the same opportunities as me.” As part of a new generation paving way for equality in society, Lyhour has seen first hand the importance of education. “I had to convince my father. I had to explain to him how my sister going to school would benefit us all. But it was not easy, coming from a poor family where there isn’t enough money for education,” said Lyhour.