Two years after it’s submission the
committee on the elimination of discrimination against women, voted on
the decision between Karen Vertido and the Philippines on whether the
Philippines violated Ms. Vertido’s rights under the under Convention on
the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Optional Protocol. Ultimately, the Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women voted favorably for Ms Vertio and asked the
Philippines to conform its legislation to current international
This Case is historic because it is the first
case brought under the Optional Protocol, from the South East Asian
region and the first rape case ever to be decided under the protocol.
Gender and Development Network (GADNet) comprised of 62 member
organizations, are utterly shocked after having read the news on the
Cambodian Daily February 02, 04 and 05 with the photos illustrating an
upper-half naked body of a woman walking on the road in a desperate and
hopeless protest to claim the land where she had lived for long.
houses of Borei Keila residents were razed in January, and the
residents were forced to leave. In the confrontation, women protesters
were persecuted by the police as some were beaten up, dragged, and
shoved into the van. We are completely dejected to see the plight moving
on without any appropriate solution from the government. If we look
back, Cambodian women were too dignified, too reserved, and too timid to
expose themselves in public in a nude body. Their act just simply tells
us that their depression is too much for them to stand but to turn them
shameless to take their shirt off and walk in public as no longer do
they feel they have anything to get by. We call for attention from the
relevant government authorities to seriously consider the urgent and
basic needs of Borei Keila residents before the situation gets worse and
strongly believe that the government authorities will consider the
solution for Borei Keila residents in a right, just and prompt manner.
Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is celebrated
worldwide every year on 25 November. To mark the day, activists,
governments, international organizations and NGOs organize activities
designated to raise public awareness on the issue.
activists marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This
date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal
sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of
Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). On 20 December 1993, the UN
General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence
coincide with this date Gender and Development for Cambodia (GAD/C) and
Cambodian Men’s Network (CMN) jointly organized the White Ribbon
Campaign (WRC), which is a 16 day event starting on November 25 that
promotes the end of male violence against women.
United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence
against Women kicked off in the Asia-Pacific region on 25 November 2010
at an event in Bangkok. The launch coincided with the annual observance
of the ” International Day for the Elimination of Violence against
Asia-Pacific regional component of the UNiTE campaign aims to rally all
stakeholders governments, civil society, the private sector, the media
and the United Nations system to join forces to address the global
pandemic of gender-based violence that affects up to 70 percent of women
throughout their lifetime.
As civil society organizations and youth group together work to end
all forms of violence against women, we are extremely concerned about
the torturing on two teens at the age of 17 years old in Phnom Penh by
Mrs. Lee Pao, a local tycoon’s wife of Mr. Vengly Techla. The news was
released across all the media such as Rasmey Kampuchea, Koh Sontipheap
and Phnom Penh Post, etc. earlier of this month, between February 28th –
March 1, 2013.
The purpose of this press release is to call for the involvement from the relevant government institutions to fight for justice for the victims.