Who is GADC
Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) is a local non-governmental organization (NGO) that promotes gender equality as a fundamental human right, necessary for Cambodia’s social, economic and political development.
For over a decade, GADC and our partners have worked to bring greater gender equality to Cambodians by promoting the following:
A Cambodian society where all people are equally empowered to use their potential to participate in national development with full dignity and justice, thereby creating a fair, just, and stable living environment.
Our mission is to:
- Promote mutual respect between women and men.
- Enable policy makers and institutions to develop and carry out plans and programs that address gender inequalities.
- Strengthen the support structures at the national and local levels in order to eliminate gender inequalities.
Our Programs and Goals
GADC advances toward fulfillment of our mission through our three major activities:
Advocacy and Networking: GADC's role as an advocate for various facets of gender development has expanded and strengthened over the past 14 years. We also continue ongoing cooperation and networking with fellow NGOs, stakeholders, and governmental ministries/institutions to accomplish mutual goals. We play a key if not lead role in our main networks, which include the Gender and Development Network (GADNet), Committee to Promote Women in Politics (CPWP), the Cambodian Men's Network (CMN), as well as the NGO Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). GADC acts as an advocate for research on gender, as well.
Training and Internships: GADC offers trainings throughout the year, both planned trainings and requested trainings customized to the needs of the specific organization. Free, public trainings focusing on issues such as gender, health, family, and domestic violence are offered two to three times a year at the GADC offices and usually in a provincial location. Internships allow individuals (especially at the university/post-graduate level) to gain experience in the realm of gender development while simultaneously helping to create and broaden GADC programs/research. Internships, too, are open to the public.
Community Outreach: For the duration of our history, GADC has conducted community outreach both within the capital and in the provinces. This has included conducting workshops to raise consciousness about gender and educate participants on related issues, as well as providing trainings for villagers and other provincial residents who want to become community advocates and educators, themselves.
These units are the means by which GADC strives to create an environment where all people may participate fully and equally as citizens, specifically through achievement of the following goals:
- To have gender sensitive laws, policies and decision-making bodies in place.
- To enable elected bodies, ministries NGO’s and national/local institutions to implement gender sensitive laws, policies, plans and programs.
- To affect advocacy networks amongst civil society, youth and state institutions to promote gender equality.
- To increase mutual recognition and respect for the rights and contributions of women and men at the family, local, and national levels.
GADC's focus is on garnering greater equality for women at all levels, from local to national. Achievement of equality is not only the responsibility of women, however, but that of men as well. Through programs such as the Cambodian Men's Network (CMN), GADC strives to engage men in the planning and implementation of all its programs.
With the support and cooperation of our national and international partners, GADC is a leading gender development NGO in Cambodia.