Provide women and girls education in Cambodia

by Women's Resource Center
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Empowering women for 5 years and continuing.
Empowering women for 5 years and continuing.

Dear friends,

We're super excited to announce the release of our latest video, which celebrates our 5th anniversary – in other words, five years of working hard to empower women and advocate for women's rights in Cambodia.

The video shows just how much WRC has changed the lives of two of our previous counseling clients and one of our previous Parenting workshop participants. It also shows just how important the organization is to our team.

We believe we have found a long-term, preventative method of self-empowerment. We believe our work creates community mobilization and collaboration, and requires women and men; girls and boys to actively change the social norms that perpetuate gender inequality.

The video took six months to make but it was so worth it. First, we lost all our translations when our external hard drive broke. Turns out the regular power cuts during the hottest months of the Cambodian year fried the inside of the hard drive so that we couldn't read anything off it. Then we lost the next lot of translations when one of our computers broke down. All this was a big IT learning curve for the team.

With the perseverance of our wonderful director, Steffi Eckelmann, we finally got a finished product uploaded to Youtube. The first time we watched the video, we cried. So often we can become too focused on the projects of the future, that we don't realize the amazing accomplishments of our past.

We are so happy to have been blessed with the opportunity to touch the lives of our fellow community members. And this blessing is thanks to you. Your support has been truly invaluable and we couldn't have graduated 1,000 workshop participants without you!!

Turning five years old makes us feel established and wise, but we still have a lot of growing to do. In 2016, we are expanding our work to include village workshops as part of our outreach program. That way we can directly tackle the current culture of silence and stigma around education for women and girls by directly advocating for women’s rights and gender equality in the community.

Too often women cannot attend our in-center workshops because they can’t find anyone to look after their children. By maximizing her ability to gain knowledge, we’re maximizing her potential to be self-empowered. Plus these village workshops offer the chance for men to also participant and understand their role in bringing about gender equality in the community. They are an effective, holistic approach to breaking down existing myths and inappropriate social norms.

We have a microproject on Global Giving, specifically taking donations for this outreach project in case you’re interested.

Please share our video with your friends and family, and feel proud knowing that you helped change the lives of the people in the video.

As Pisey says in the video, “When we empower women; it’s not just for one day; it’s for her whole life!” That’s why we will continue our work.

Thank you again for your support!!

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WRC team and volunteers campaign to end violence
WRC team and volunteers campaign to end violence

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:

  • 25% of Cambodian women have experienced physical or sexual violence or both by an intimate partner
  • 52.7% of Cambodian women experience physical violence before they turn 18
  • 1 in 3 Cambodian men have reported perpetrating physical and/or sexual violence against their intimate partner
  • 54.3% of men have reported using at least one act of emotional abuse against their intimate partner

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.

Senara uses photo contest to talk about violence
Senara uses photo contest to talk about violence
A local family joins us in supporting women
A local family joins us in supporting women
We take to the streets to advocate women
We take to the streets to advocate women's rights
We speak to university students about the issue
We speak to university students about the issue
Using the tuk tuk you bought us, we led the parade
Using the tuk tuk you bought us, we led the parade
Uch now feels empowered as our tuk tuk driver
Uch now feels empowered as our tuk tuk driver

Dear Friends,

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.

Our workshop participants safely arriving to WRC
Our workshop participants safely arriving to WRC
We LOVE our new tuk tuk!
We LOVE our new tuk tuk!

Dear Friends,

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:

  • Hiring a women driver and daytime security guard
  • Hiring a nighttime security guard
  • Painting the tuk tuk our WRC green with our logo

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:

Pisey learns how to work the mechanics of the bike
Pisey learns how to work the mechanics of the bike
Pisey sorts out the bill
Pisey sorts out the bill
Tuk tuk is delivered and Pisey receives the keys
Tuk tuk is delivered and Pisey receives the keys
Team WRC!
Team WRC!

Dear Friends,

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!

Sally

Sharing information about WRC to even MORE women!
Sharing information about WRC to even MORE women!
Everyone loves to dance - at any chance!
Everyone loves to dance - at any chance!
Family day to celebrate women and enjoy the event!
Family day to celebrate women and enjoy the event!
Even the littlest girls want to learn...
Even the littlest girls want to learn...
Through Our Lens workshop graduates - congrats!
Through Our Lens workshop graduates - congrats!

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Women's Resource Center

Location: Siem Reap, - - Cambodia
Website: http:/​/​wrccambodia.org
Project Leader:
Pisey Khim
Siem Reap, Siem Reap Cambodia
2016 Year End Campaign
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$37,054 raised of $40,000 goal
 
642 donations
$2,946 to go
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