What is it really like to be a Cambodian woman affected by violence and why should we eliminate violence against her?
As part of our #16days of activism for the elimination of violence against women in Cambodia, we're asking our community to address these two very important questions.
For many people in Cambodia, women and men should be equal. However, practicing equality is not so easy and Cambodian women still have many hurdles to jump. According to research from the UN and UNICEF:
So from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women until the International Day of Human Rights (25 November - 10 December), we're advocating for women's rights and for an end to violence against women in Cambodia.
Everyday we are doing something different. Our activities range from facilitating free workshops for Commune Chiefs, Village Chiefs and local businesses about domestic violence and alcohol abuse, to visiting high schools and universities, to parading through the streets on Siem Reap in orange.
We also asked photographers from all around Cambodia to submit an image that portrayed violence against women is never OK. We're displaying the finalists' photographs in the center of town and asking the general public to vote for the most impacting image.
The idea behind the competition and exhibition is further encourage a much-needed conversation about violence against women in Cambodia. We don't want women to be seen as victims – we want people to understand the reasons for violence and its subsequent impact on women, children and the community.
We believe that when both women and men, girls and boys, come together to support each other, Cambodia will break the cycle of violence. When gender stereotypes are dissolved and girls can finish schools and boys can help with the housework, Cambodia will break the cycle of violence. When parents are empowered with knowledge about health, financial literacy and non-violent practices of discipline, Cambodia will break the cycle of violence.
We're half way through our campaign and already we are so impressed by the response and support we have received. With the right information and tools, and the full participation of our community, we know in our hearts that we are making a brighter future for women and girls in Cambodia.
If you would like to follow our campaign’s progress, visit our Facebook page.
Please support us as we continue to empower and fight for the rights of women and girls in Cambodia.
We’d like to introduce to you the latest addition to our team. Her name is Uch and she is our tuk tuk driver from Preah Dak village in Siem Reap province.
She’s been driving big motorbikes since 1998, which is pretty uncommon for women in Cambodia. She took on the job with Women’s Resource Center because she is keen to have her own income and the confidence that she can support herself and her children financially. Unfortunately, her first husband ran away leaving her without any money, so being self-dependable is really important to her.
With her current husband’s and our help, she has worked out a financial plan for her family that allows her to work with us and still have time to do the household chores (her husband even said he would help with the chores too!).
She’s already taken Lucky (our tuk tuk) out for a spin, chauffeuring participants and their children to and from our recent Parents Talk workshop at the Center. We’re so happy to have such a strong woman on our team. And this all came about because of your support, so thank you!
Find out what else we have been up to these past few months by checking out our Facebook page.
You know that end-of-year fundraising goal you helped us achieve? Well, we’ve used that money and bought Women’s Resource Center a tuk tuk.
Now we can transfer participants to and from our workshops and counseling services. The tuk tuk will also support us with our outreach activities like following up with women in the villages and conducting surveys, or transporting supplies for workshops in schools.
We just have to do a few more things before we take this baby out on the road. This includes:
What do you think? Let us know on Facebook. We’ll post more updates on our new tuk tuk to our page.
Thanks again for helping us to reach and empower even more women in Cambodia.
Here's a few photos from our shopping trip: