Women's Resource Center

WRC empowers Cambodian women by providing emotional support and information that enhances their ability and confidence to make informed decisions about their own lives. In a society where women hold significantly less influence than males and disparities in health, education, economic opportunity and personal safety, WRC believes access to information is by far the most effective way to promote women's equality and human rights. Providing information and programs related to health education, mental health counseling, legal aid, family life, literacy education and work skills training builds on each woman's strengths, abilities, and confidence, with which WRC aim to positively impact the wa...

Women's Resource Center
#572 Road No. 99
Salakanseng Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkhum
Siem Reap, Siem Reap -
Cambodia
855(0)92373693
http://www.wrccambodia.org

Board of Directors

Theavy Lam, Bouny Te, Vanthat Kong, Pisey Khim, Sally Douglas, Michelle Morin

Project Leaders

Sally Douglas

Mission

WRC empowers Cambodian women by providing emotional support and information that enhances their ability and confidence to make informed decisions about their own lives. In a society where women hold significantly less influence than males and disparities in health, education, economic opportunity and personal safety, WRC believes access to information is by far the most effective way to promote women's equality and human rights. Providing information and programs related to health education, mental health counseling, legal aid, family life, literacy education and work skills training builds on each woman's strengths, abilities, and confidence, with which WRC aim to positively impact the way women address situations and conflicts in their lives. Goals of WRC -Improve the living conditions of women and their families -Educate women about their rights in society -Increase women's ability to access information important to them and their families -Increase women's likeliness to seek health, legal, or other services for personal and family conflicts Founding Principles: WRC was founded by Gertrude (Judy) Larkin in 2008. Larkin, a trained clinical social worker, had spent two years volunteering with the Angkor Hospital for Children assisting with outreach in Siem Reap's villages. Through her interactions with Cambodian women, she saw the prevalence of depression and poor maternal and child health. She was inspired to help her Cambodian colleagues start an organization to respond to these needs, which were not being addressed by other existing organizations. With this determination and good will, the Women's Resource Center was founded and handed over to be run and Boarded by driven and passionate Cambodian women, focused on empowering women through information and education.

Programs

WRC is primarily a drop-in and referral center welcoming women to ask questions and seek advice about any aspect of their lives. Following the guideline of "support, information, referral." WRC assists women first by providing basic counseling sessions when they drop in for services. After initial conversations, the staff will provide the woman with information relevant to her questions or concerns. If the client decides she wants to take some form of action, she will be presented with at least two options. WRC believes that providing women with access to information and knowledge is the most effective method of empowerment. If the woman elects to seek an opportunity or service, WRC will initiate contact with one of their partners and facilitate a free referral. Utilizing an extensive and well-researched network of partner agencies throughout Siem Reap, WRC is able to direct women to the organization best suited to meet their specific needs. WRC is partnered with and collaborates with many NGOs and community-based agencies in Siem Reap. Educational Workshops- WRC has found that many services needed to alleviate the challenges that clients present are either not adequate, nonexistent, or present significant barriers mainly of cost or location. WRC offers free educational programs to fill these unmet needs. Such programs include 8-week workshops in areas of reproductive health, maternal and child health, legal aid and human rights and parenting support groups. The educational workshops are designed to increase clients' knowledge in areas of need as identified by WRC staff, clients, and women from the villages. There are five topics the workshops address: health, legal aid, parenting, Khmer literacy and work skills. The workshops are designed to be interactive, participatory and personal; allowing women to ask questions, raise concerns, and use examples from their own lives. Through shifts in knowledge, attitude and behaviors, women become empowered to realize their rights in society, when their rights are being compromised, and how to act accordingly. WRC facilitators are knowledgeable and qualified to teach on these subjects from their previous education and professional experiences. Through collaborating with partner agencies that specialize in each topic and regular revision of workshop content when appropriate, the material is current and applicable to the lives of the participants. As many of the women served by WRC have limited formal education, the topics begin at a basic level. For example, health education includes contraception use and menstruation; and legal aid explains the importance of and how to register births, marriages and deaths; without such registration women have no rights or legal standing if they need to separate from their husband in future. By giving women a foundation of the basic information to meet various needs, they increase their independence to make their own decisions, move toward self-sufficiency, and gain skills and knowledge for a healthier life.

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