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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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60 Cambodian domestic workers participated on a workshop to learn how the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) can influence their lives. The training, organized by UN Women and the Cambodian Domestic Workers Network, focused on two of the seventeen SDGs: Goal 5 on achieving gender equality and Goal 8 on achieving full employment, sustained economic growth and decent work. Lively discussions took place amongst domestic workers participating in the...
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As Cambodia is experiencing continuous, but at times uneven economic growth, it is time to ask how to make it more inclusive.
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In June, more than 250,000 Cambodian migrant workers returned from Thailand over the border at Poipet, responding to the Thai authorities’ crackdown on illegal migrant workers. It is estimated that around 40 per cent of the returnees were women. The mass return of these largely undocumented migrants provided a unique snapshot of the irregular migration of Cambodian women and an insight into the choices being made by these women every day...
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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.