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:
Thanks again for helping us to reach and empower even more women in Cambodia.
Here's a few photos from our shopping trip:
We at Women’s Resource Center just wrapped up our International Women’s Day festivities on Sunday with a showing of photos and surveys taken by participants in our new Through Our Lens media workshop (in partnership with PhotoForward) for creative expression and community research through photography and filmmaking. All supplies are donated, and we find it to be an excellent and empowering outlet for the Cambodian women we work with. I’ve included photos of the event for you at the end of this message.
Hopefully you saw on our Facebook page that you helped us exceed our $3,000 year-end fundraising goal – thank you so much! (If you haven’t connected with us on Facebook, you can like our page here to keep in touch!) We are so fortunate to have the support of people like you, and although we didn’t win the GlobalGiving match, thanks to your generosity we now have enough money for a tuktuk to easily enable women and girls to access our workshops and counseling support – it's next on our shopping list! What a difference this will make in the lives of the women who seek support at Women’s Resource Center.
Thank you again for being a great friend to the women of Cambodia! Your support is changing lives every day!
We have just $1600 left to raise to be eligible for a $3000 bonus through GlobalGiving’s Giving Challenge! If you have given already, THANK YOU. If you haven’t, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Women’s Resource Center today so we can meet the December 31st deadline!
Your gifts will help us make two very important additions to our facilities in 2015:
1. A computer for our library space so women can go online to research jobs, health information, etc.
2. A tuk tuk (motorcycle taxi) to transport women to and from our office so no woman misses out on education at WRC due to lack of transportation
Here’s an update on just a few monumental accomplishments we were able to make this year due to your generosity:
Your gifts accomplished so much in 2014; won’t you help us go even further to reach more Cambodian women in need?
Thank you so much for your support. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
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