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[Press release] The Elsie Initiative Fund for Uniformed Women in Peace Operations (EIF) announced today that Cambodia will receive funding to undertake a study to identify barriers to the deployment of women in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), to United Nations peace operations. Cambodia, the 25th highest troop contributing country to United Nations peacekeeping, currently deploys 766 military personnel, among which 14 per cent are women.
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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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“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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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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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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With music and dance, Cambodian LGBTIQ people have held a festive celebration that they hope will help ease the discrimination against them. About 100 LGBTIQ people joined the opening day of Cambodia Pride Week, held on 12 May at this small community on the outskirts of Phnom Penh to promote LGBTIQ rights at the community level. They were joined by LGBTIQ and civil society groups, businesspeople, and representatives of United Nations...
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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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In Cambodia, 70 per cent of women are engaged in vulnerable employment; more than 500,000 work in garment and footwear factories. Empowering women to exercise their rights to decent work, UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system) is working closely with partners to ensure discrimination-free work environments in Cambodian factories. Chhun Srey Sros , 24, lives in Sangkat Chaom Chao and works in a Cambodian factory where UN Trust Fund and...
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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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“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.
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I sold my gold earrings to pay for the first year of university in Phnom Penh. I come from a farmer’s family in rural Cambodia. Most of my friends stopped going to school at age 11. Only a handful of us made it to high school. One of my teachers said: ‘You shouldn’t study. You will always be busy with house chores.’ School...
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The Cambodian Government has strengthened its national strategy to prevent violence against women, which experts say continues to be widespread in the country. The Government adopted its Second National Action Plan on Violence against Women in December 2014. The plan, which covers 2014-2018, focuses on primary prevention and aims to move the country beyond awareness raising to “learning by doing”. It pairs government...
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UN Women Cambodia partnered up with its Media Compact, Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) to create awareness and share knowledge on violence against women in the media. Over the course of two days, journalists learned how to pen down ethical journalism that challenges stereotypes. “In the media, women are always depicted as victims, sometimes even with...
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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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For most of her 48 years, Sao Mimol has endured taunts, from her family at home and from strangers on the street. But she remains bubbly and happy because she still chose to stay true to herself. Even though she had many brothers and sisters while growing up in Takeo Province near Phnom Penh, Ms. Mimol often felt outside of the box, disconnected from the world around her. She was 20 when she first realized that she was...
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They came in bright rainbow colors and outrageous costumes, but what they wanted was to be accepted like everyone else. The LGBTI community held its annual PRIDE “tuk tuk race” on 21 May, sending more than 100 contestants in rainbow-draped tuk tuks – local trishaws -- for dashes through the streets of Phnom Penh. Many wore...
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, called for a systematic response to end violence against women and highlighted an alarming trend in traditional and social media where violence is reported upon with no respect for human dignity or the rights of the victims. Speaking to the press at the end of the UN Special Rapporteur’s mission to Cambodia, Ms. Smith underscored the numerous...
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Covering over 350 km. by bicycle on an adventurous 12 day route, the Ride for Rights team is a group of roughly 25 women, of all ages, who have embarked on this challenge in order to support and raise awareness for women’s economic empowerment projects in Asia Pacific, to further gender equality through programs that aim to give women more independence and self-sufficiency. Participants explore Siem Reap...