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“Lesbian, bisexual, trans women, trans men, and queer persons (LBTQ) exist in all of human diversity. Our issues and concerns cut across diverse groups and communities, including other marginalized groups such as people with disabilities, refugees, migrant workers, and indigenous peoples. LBTQ persons experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence in multiple spaces based on our assigned, actual, or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity...
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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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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...
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Migrant workers are those who leave their home to find work in another town, city or country. Phally, 35, a migrant worker from Cambodia found herself in this situation 20 years ago. She was not able to complete secondary school, and migrated to Malaysia to financially support the education of her younger siblings. According to Phally there was no possibility of earning money in Cambodia at that time. After migrating to Malaysia she was able to quickly move up the work...
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UN Women Indonesia, in partnership with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, and Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence Against Women convened a National Workshop with the National Human Rights Mechanisms on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Women’s Human Rights on...
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”I want to write a blog to express my opinions about women´s situation in Cambodia and network with other people with similar ideas”, says Dany Sum, a 22-year-old member of a Cambodian women´s network and a participant in an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workshop on blogging organized by UN Women...
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”I want to write a blog to express my opinions about women´s situation in Cambodia and network with other people with similar ideas”, says Dany Sum, a 22-year-old member of a Cambodian women´s network and a participant in an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workshop on blogging organized by UN Women. “Blogging allows us to exercise our freedom of speech.”, reflects Dany Sum on her experience...
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Little more than three decades after the internet in the current sense was developed, more people access mobile and information and communication technology (ICT) networks than clean water and energy. Of more than three billion Internet users, two thirds live in the developing world and approximately 45 percent in Asia. However, 25 percent fewer women than...
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Many of CARE’s activities to reduce gender-based violence in Cambodia focus on empowering women to have the confidence to stand up for their rights. However, CARE also recognises that engaging with men is key in order to change deep-rooted attitudes. Bunnara, a slim schoolboy of just 15 years old, is one of CARE’s key advocates for social change
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The Phnom Penh Post columnist who reported on some of the most sensitive issues such as gang rape and sexual violence by intimate partners in Cambodia.
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Plan International Cambodia in partnership with Ministry of Women’s Affairs and UN Women mark the International Day for Girls (11 October) to voice girls barriers – the issues that surround them from top to bottom and left to right, to further improve quality and governance in their schooling.
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Speech by Roberta Clarke, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Representative in Thailand, at the Advancing and Monitoring Women’s Political Participation in ASEAN Workshop to Review Country Research Papers, 29-30 April, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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In 1992 Cambodia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The move responded to the groundswell of grassroots momentum built by women who were fighting to pull themselves out of poverty and neglect and who were, one by one, claiming their rights to peace and development.
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This week in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific hosted more than 40 researchers, government officials, donors, and UN colleagues from across Asia and the Pacific gathered to share knowledge, lessons learned, and discuss next steps in a key emerging area of research: costing violence against women and girls (VAW/G). VAW/G is a gross and pervasive violation of human rights, but also places a significant financial burden on women, their families, communities, and nations. Measuring the economic impact of VAW/G, and the cost of addressing it, is an important way of raising awareness of this rights abuse and leveraging the political will and resources necessary to prevent and eliminate it.
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Building on the success of last year’s campaign, a joint UN initiative is currently supporting NGOs to lead activities in 2012. Gender and Development in Cambodia (GADC) and Women’s Media Center (WMC) have coordinated the campaign, bringing together government, civil society and the UN to organise a range of events that will take place over the coming weeks. (Please see the attached schedule.) The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about violence against women and advocate for effective response and prevention strategies that engage whole communities. Events include radio talk shows, public marches, door to door awareness raising and public meetings to discuss priorities for Cambodia’s new National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women.
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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.
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In March this year, the UN Human Rights Council held the first ever meeting to discuss discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. At the meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all countries around the world to decriminalize same-sex relationships and end discrimination against LGBT people. This was an important step for the United Nations in efforts to end discrimination and violence against LGBT in all member state countries, including Cambodia.
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UN Women Cambodia country office supported the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in organising a National Workshop on Gender and Labor Migration. The objective of the Workshop was to improve participants’understanding of the laws that protect Cambodian women labor migrants and promote their rights and also addressing the need for law and policy on migration to be written and implemented in a way that responds to the gender needs of female migrant workers.