Cambodian Women's Development Agency

Vision: Women and children in Cambodia have quality of life, dignity, safety and are free from discrimination. Mission: To enhance the capacity of women in Cambodia through empowerment, education, self-development and advocacy in collaboration with stake-holders. Goal: To find practical and innovative solutions to social problems by empowering vulnerable women and children in under-served communities to govern their own lives and become autonomous and self-reliant.

Cambodian Women's Development Agency
#19 Street 242
Sangkat Boueng Prolit,
Khan Makara 7, Phnom Penh n/a
Cambodia
+855 23210 449
http://www.pub22.net/cwda/

Acting Executive Director

Hun Phanna

Management Team

Phanna Hun, Sunlay Chhoeung, Sichan Keo, Ubol Chan Ratanak

Board of Directors

Ly Vichuta, Barbara Fitzgerald, Navy Minh, Chanbora Tep, Pyden Chea, Phanna Hun, Sunlay Chhoeung, Sichan Keo, Ubol Chan Ratanak

Project Leaders

Anna Reilly

Mission

Vision: Women and children in Cambodia have quality of life, dignity, safety and are free from discrimination. Mission: To enhance the capacity of women in Cambodia through empowerment, education, self-development and advocacy in collaboration with stake-holders. Goal: To find practical and innovative solutions to social problems by empowering vulnerable women and children in under-served communities to govern their own lives and become autonomous and self-reliant.

Programs

The Women's Health and HIV/ AIDS Program CWDA work with entertainment workers in Phnom Penh to provide healthcare, resources, information and regular, unbiased support. This programme is designed to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and to support and empower entertainment workers. CWDA works closely with The Cambodian Prostitute's Union (CPU) which is a collective of entertainment workers in Phnom Penh. The CPU is wholly owned, governed and sustained by the entertainment workers themselves and is dedicated to improving the lives of entertainment workers and promoting their rights. Community Self Prevention against the Trafficking of Women and Children Every year Cambodian women and children are trafficked for the purposes of sexual and labour abuse. CWDA are committed to putting a stop to this practice by investing resources at a community level and stopping trafficking at its roots. We focus our efforts on sharing information and awareness raising, poverty alleviation and peer education to empower individuals and communities to prevent trafficking and other forms of violence. We provide opportunities in the community to raise the status of women and children through literacy classes, micro-credit schemes, women's leadership and peer education. CWDA is a member of Cambodia ACTS and implement the Campaign to Combat Child Trafficking project in 67 Cambodian villages. CWDA train peer educators and key trainers who teach their peers, community members and school students about the dangers of trafficking, the law, human rights, gender based violence and good parenting. CWDA delivers the ACCU 'Smile Asia' Project in Cambodia which promotes literacy and non-formal education. It is the only project in Cambodia which integrates literacy with maternal and child health education. The project works in villages: each village is given funding to create a Community Learning Centre and two facilitators per village are trained to deliver a structured program of literacy and health education to their communities. In addition to preventative activities, CWDA provide support for survivors. CWDA run a safe shelter which provides refuge, support, legal aid and reintegration services for young women who have been the victims of or are at risk of trafficking, domestic violence and/ or sexual and labour abuse. Vocational Training Program For many young people in Cambodia, educational choices are made in light of economic conditions. This means that continuing education is often not a priority. The Vocational Training (VT) Programme provides further educational opportunities to a small number of local young people, in order to enhance their future prospects. The priority of the program is to provide young people with 'real' options and is focused towards employment. Classes include English language, office skills, accounting, IT and citizenship. We provide a supported work experience placement at the end of the program and mentor the young person to see them into good quality employment.

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Financial Statistics

  • Other funding sources: We are funded through NGOs - APHEDA, Cambodia ACTS (Against child Trafficking), ECPAT and Terre Des Hommes Netherlands. We also have small trust funds and individual donations.
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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