Eliminating Violence Against Women and Children

by Women's Resource Center
Eliminating Violence Against Women and Children
Our counsellor working with one of our women.
Our counsellor working with one of our women.

Dear Friend,

I hope this finds you well.

We wanted to send you a quick update to let you know that we are still working hard to support the women of Siem Reap, especially in the area of domestic violence.

Over the last few months we have seen an increase in counselling cases and are aware women and children are suffering more from domestic violence due to the additional levels of unemployment, home schooling and the stresses and strains of the current climate. When women come to the center to collect emergency supplies we check on them and create a safe space for counselling (with COVID precautions), we are also able to take counselling cases over the phone or online. 

As there is currently no community transmission in Cambodia we are able to do some socially distanced workshops and talks when women collect their supplies and this is a good time to talk about domestic violence, womens health and rights and positive parenting. We are also conducting workshops online.

We have also been applying for grants to study the exact levels and effects of domestic violence and work towards having an even greater impact in supporting these women. 

In December we will run our annual campaign that fights to Eliminate Violence Against Women with our talks and support online or in small socially distanced groups, rather than take part in large scale community events. We look forward to updating you!

Thank you for you support!

Gemma and the WRC team

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Our team says NO to violence!
Our team says NO to violence!

Thank you for supporting WRC and investing in our previous campaign to end violence against women in Cambodia!

Over the last few years, we have run a similar campaigns as the one you supported for December 2019. Each year we positively chip away at gender equality, women’s rights, and most importantly the concept that violence is never ok. Usually, we host workshops, talks, marches, yoga and meditation and solidarity events. At this stage we are uncertain what we will be able to do face to face for our 2020 campaign. However, what we are certain of is our continued commitment to support women and eradicate violence.

Since the COVID19 global pandemic began we have seen a 300% rise in domestic violence. This sad and shocking statistic has been attributed to a combination of: general stress due to the pandemic; people being cooped up at home in lockdown; having full time caring responsibilities for children (as schools remain closed); unemployment and debt; and (for some) substance abuse that goes hand in had with this level of pressure.

In order to combat this, we have provided one on one counselling (via phone) to 30 new clients, followed upon 15 cases and provided ongoing support for 7 cases over the last month alone. That’s around the number of clients we see in 6 months in just 4 weeks! We have been spending time in villages (where safe and following government guidelines) to assess and work with families, train our community ambassadors on how to support people more deeply, providing workshops online and emergency supplies to take the pressure off.

We will continue to support families who are experiencing domestic violence by reaching out to both the victims to help keep them safe, leave the situation if needed, and to the perpetrators where possible to help them control their frustrations and find other ways to communicate.

Thank you for supporting the work we do to eradicate violence!

Besy wishes,

Gemma and the WRC team

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Needs Assessment conducted by Kunthea
Needs Assessment conducted by Kunthea

At the end of last year you kindly donated to our campaign on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Children. The aim of the fundraiser was to create a city wide campaign to work on eliminating violence against women and children, provide counselling and support fr those in need, educate around safe relationships and non violent means of communication, educate men and women around women's rights and work on changing cultural norms in order for violence to be erradicated. As promied, we spent your kind donation wisely and delivered this and many interventions in the first half of the year. 

Today we wanted to let you know that we are continuing to work hard during this time to protect women and children. 

Did you know that a crisis like the COVID19 pandemic disproportionately affects women and girls and can set back gains on gender equality?... This is due to gender norms and pre-existing inequalities. Gender Based Violence rises with increased tension and food / economic insecurity. There is also an increased risk of sexual exploitation or abuse for those in precarious situations, plus and increased risk of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights being compromised as people are unable to access certain services. In addition, many women are employed in the informal sector in Cambodia meaning they are unable to claim sick pay and have few protections from job losses. The closure of schools and sick family members means that the burden of unpaid care responsibilities usually falls to the women in the family.

Despite being unable to meet in person, we have reached out to 100 families to see how we can help them at this time. We have continued to conduct our counselling and referal service via the phone, and have spoken with 72 families women as of the end of May. We are also working hard to create online resources for women and men to continue learning about women's rights, gender euality, positive parenting and more.

Thank you for your support at the end of 2019, it helped us to make a great difference and we hope you enjoyed this update on our continued work in this area.

With thanks and best wishes, 

Gemma and the WRC team

Learning about COVID and womens rights
Learning about COVID and womens rights
Collecting supplies
Collecting supplies
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Couple on International Women's Day
Couple on International Women's Day

Dear Friend,

Thank you so much for supporting Women's Resource Center with your gift. We wanted to send you an update on our work during International Women's Month relating to eliminating violence and how we are continuing to work in our community at this time.

International Women's Day was on 8th March and was such a fun day for our community to celebrate together. Almost 100 people came including students, families (men and women) and children. We shared our acheivements over the last year (see our annual report attached), held a fashion show for the children and women to get involved in and enjoy, and shared some clothes that were donated. Aside from the fun we had we felt this was a good opportunity to make the day educational too and shared information around gender rights - including positive partnerships, legal rights, positive parenting and non violent ways to express stress, frustration and anger. What a great day - we hope you enjoy the attached photos.

We thought you may also be interested to know how we are working flexibly at this time to deliver our services to our community.... Mid March physical distancing was implemented due to COVID19 and we were forced to close our doors to the public, and advise the staff team to work from home. Despite these challenges our team are more determined than ever to support the women and families that we work with and have been phoning those who need support to check on them (especially those we know suffer from domestic abuse and may be more vulnerable at this time), giving out emergency parcels of food and hygiene supplies (photos attached). We are also working on a series of short online workshops to ensure we are still delivering informaiton about positive parenting, financial lteracy, womens rights and gender, women's health and other topics that the community need at this time. We are staying positive, finding ways to deliver our mission and hope you are too! 

Thank you for your support, it really makes a difference and allows us to keep supporting our community, even in difficult circmstances.

All the very best to you and your families at this time.

Gemma and the WRC team

Girls enjoying lunch on International Women's Day
Girls enjoying lunch on International Women's Day
Supplies support for families during COVID19
Supplies support for families during COVID19
Learning about COVID19 and how to protect yourself
Learning about COVID19 and how to protect yourself

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Solidarity Football
Solidarity Football

December was an extremely busy month at WRC as we hosted a number of events to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and issues of gender based violence. As Cambodia has a sensitive political climate and large gatherings are not permitted we chose to reach out to our local communty through aactivities that highlighted peace, harmny and carng for one another and the world around us. At these events we were able to talk to people one on one or in groups about the effects of violence and how to improve things in the community. 

We wanted to reach out to you to thank you for supporting this microproject as your gift enabled us to reach the ommunity in this way and have an impact. We engaged 986 people directly and reached over 1000 people through social media campaign posts. Thank you!

Here are the activities we were involved in or arranaged...

Clean Up for Equality - Caring for our community is everybody's duty, and our Clean Up for Equality event was a great reminder of the importance of shared responsibility. A special thanks to Phare the Cambodian Circus for donating the use of their big top to host a discussion as part of the event.

Football for Unity - Our Football for Unity event saw over 200 community members come together to play sport together regardless of gender, background or skill level. The day began with an exhibition match from two local adult teams, followed by a round robin of youth teams from local partner organisations. The day was a huge success, with everyone having fun whilst learning about equality.

Meditation for Peace - At our Meditation for Peace event, promoted mental and physical health, as well as anger management. We encouraged participants to take some time to self reflect and visualize, and raised awareness about how anger can be detrimental to the self and to others. Our guest speakers shared their success stories on managing work life balance, as well as covering bullying, harassment and rape. One of our participants shared: 'Give love and compassion to self and others is the ways to stop violence’ - Sophea

Tree Planting for the Future - We visited local a school to engage students and teachers to in the campaign, building an understanding of the purpose, the negative effects of violence on women and children and how to motivate girls to attend school for longer. Planting trees was a perfect metaphor for long term vision and goals, creating a greener environment and shade in the school area for future students.“One tree one life – we want to have the same opportunity to grow’- Buntha

Alms for Mental Health - We closed out the 16 Days of Activism with an event at Wat Damnak, where we were joined by local school children and heard from monks about the best practices for good mental health. Afterwards we offered alms to the monks, practicing gratitude and kindness. ‘Before joining the campaign, we thought that violence affected people only physically, but now we know that emotion is also important for a longer term as well'- Bopha


Thank you for your support!

Gemma and the WRC team


Meditation
Meditation
Tree planting
Tree planting

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Women's Resource Center

Location: Siem Reap, - - Cambodia
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Pisey Khim
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