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“I used to have a rice field, but then I borrowed money and put my land as collateral to build a house. My husband did not help, so I had to find a way to pay the debt on my own. In the past, he was very violent, and I could not say anything. Even though I did not want to, I was considering leaving my daughter behind with my parents to migrate to Thailand to find work and pay my debts. Instead, I heard about a programme through CWCC.
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I was 27 years old and living in Thailand when I heard about the big HIV outbreak in my Cambodian village. I noticed a skin rash on my body, a common symptom of HIV, and I went back to Cambodia to get tested. When I got the diagnosis, at first, I felt numb. My husband tested HIV-positive too. It was heartbreaking to see the children in the village infected. My husband is a construction worker, which requires intensive...
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The men at the factory would stare at me and tell me that I was old enough ‘to be eaten. I was the newcomer. Walking the small distance from my sewing machine to the toilet used to be very uncomfortable.’ New women coming to work at the factory often experienced harassment. I felt so angry. I wanted to tell them that their behaviour was...
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Celebrated yearly on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day marks a global day to recognize the challenges, solicit change, and to celebrate women’s empowerment and achievements worldwide. This year, following the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, UN Women Cambodia is proud to host a three day Film Festival for International Women’s day. In line with this year’s theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender...
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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...
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Regional Conference on Human Rights Instruments, International Labour Standards, and Women Migrant Workers' Rights will be held at the Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Conference is co-organized by UN Women and the Royal Government of Cambodia, Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Ministry of Women's Affairs, and Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization.