FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lunching Gender Road Map Model “Empower Women and Men to Achieve Greater Gender Equality at the Household Level”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Launching Gender Road Map Model “Empower Women and Men to Achieve Greater Gender Equality at the Household Level”

Phnom Penh 19 February 2014 – Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) join organizing the Launching of Gender Road Map (GRM) Model with OXFAM. This joint event aims to introduce the GRM model to any agency or organization working on livelihoods and/or Gender and Women’s Empowerment in Cambodia to mainstream gender at the household level.

During the event, there will be a sharing experiences and best practices on gender mainstreaming at the household level gathered throughout the implementation period. This model will help accompany couples as they will identify the imbalances in their relationships and work as a team to take concrete steps toward achieving gender equality.

When: 20 February 2014 from 8:00 am – 05: 00 pm

Where: Orchidee Restaurant (Address: #106 Pasteur, Tel: 023 969 853,

Who: The Executive Director of GADC, OXFAM Representative and NGO stakeholders

In this occasion, we would like to invite local and international press to cover the event at your own interest. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the event.

ABOUT US: Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) is a local non-profit and non-political organization.  It was admitted to the NGO Good Practice Programme (NGO-GPP) for its compliance with all standards in the Code of Ethical Principles and Minimum Standard for NGO in August 2011.

GADC works in cooperation with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and members of civil society organizations to advocate for gender sensitive projects/programs, national laws and policies formulation in Cambodia.

CONTACT:

Mr. Teng Sam Ath, Gender Trainer of GADC 077 300 978

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ONE BILLION RISING ACTIVISTS SAY AUTHORITIES BLOCKED THEIR BIKING CAMPAIGN AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Phnom Penh 17 February 2014 – We, the Cambodian women, men and youth of the One Billion Rising activist were disappointed that the local authority had stopped our biking campaign on February 14, 2014 which we were started our biking at 7:30 am at Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) # 89, St. 288, Sangkat Olympic Khan Chamcarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We all about two hundred and we were very excited start biking.


Unfortunately, the local authority and the police force of Khan Chamcarmon stopped us and the reasons are:

1. the permission letter authorized by Phnom Penh City Hall were not clearly defined locations of biking that we intended to do. Although we had sent the map of biking to relevant district offices in Phnom Penh once we received the permission letter to inform them about our plan specifically on the places that we were going to bike.

2. the local authority argued for security and disorder that may cause by the campaign.

3. the issues of new government sub-decree does not allow any gathering with more than 10 people.

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STATEMENT: One Billion Rising Activists Feel Disappointed toward the Authorities’s intervention of Their Biking Campaign

Phnom Penh 17 February 2014 – We, the Cambodian women, men and youth of the One Billion Rising activist were disappointed that the local authority had stopped our biking campaign on February 14, 2014 which we were started our biking at 7:30 am at Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) # 89, St. 288, Sangkat Olympic Khan Chamcarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We all about two hundred and we were very excited start biking.

Unfortunately, the local authority and the police force of Khan Chamcarmon stopped us and the reasons are:

1. the permission letter authorized by Phnom Penh City Hall were not clearly defined locations of biking that we intended to do. Although we had sent the map of biking to relevant district offices in Phnom Penh once we received the permission letter to inform them about our plan specifically on the places that we were going to bike.

2. the local authority argued for security and disorder that may cause by the campaign.

3. the issues of new government sub-decree does not allow any gathering with more than 10 people.

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WOMEN and CLIMATE CHANGE

Phnom Penh 7 February 2014 — Climate change means change in local knowledge and flexibility, which are at the basis of good agricultural and ecosystem management. In Cambodia change in weather patterns due to climate change has caused deranged rainfall as well as natural disasters such as flood, drought that have severely affected crop yields productions.

The impacts of the climate change could be more severe in Cambodia compared to many other countries in southeast Asia, not because Cambodia is prone to frequent or intense climate change disasters, but because of its vulnerability, which is associated with the widespread agricultural industry and low adaptive capacity due to lack of resources (RGC, 2006).

Climate change has become a global challenge, although, its impact has been universal, still different from regions to region. Similarly, climate change has differentiated gender effects, women and men experience vulnerability to environmental changes differently. Economic, social and political conditions, and social norms about male and female identity and roles, vary in every culture. So, the responses of individuals to their surroundings and to norms of behavior are different too.

In Cambodia climate change has impacted gender in a wider scale since Cambodia ranks 99 out of 145 countries on the Gender Inequality Index (GII) (UNDP, 2012), especially in access to education and public services, which has been originated from traditional rule of the men and women in addition to the social restriction and unequal distribution of power and wealth.

Worldwide in agriculture industry, women are estimated to be 43 percent of the work force (UNEP, 2011). The population of Cambodia consists of 52.6 percent female and 47.4 percent male, 21 percent of which equivalent to 2.2 million people, live in households headed by women. Women compromise over 65 percent of the farming population.

Like many other countries in the world, women represent majority of Cambodia’s poor and are more dependent on threatened natural resources, often rural women (Oxfam America, 2010). Consequently, rural women could be more threatened by climate change hazards therefore, women need to be at the center of attention for climate change adaptation and mitigation plans and strategies. However, women’s involvement in livelihood is not limited to agriculture; women are actively involved in fisheries and managing small livestock and selling of agricultural products as well as working in garment factories.

Additionally, women contribute to household income through other small businesses such as handicrafts and labor exchange. Despite the fact that women’s contribution as family labor is considerably high, their work has always been devalued and been overlooked as work. This may also add extra burden on women’s responsibilities as workers as well as household since women are mostly responsible for taking care of the family by preparing food and collecting fuel and water.

There are few dimensions that put women at the frontline of the climate change hazards such as lack of access to formal education, economic poverty, discrimination in food distribution, food insecurity, limited access to resources, exclusion from policy and decision-making institutions and processes and other forms of social marginalization. These dynamics put women at a distinct disadvantage, and few programs include or focus on them for adaptation.

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STOP VIOLENCE – A CALL FOR RELEASE, INVESTIGATION, AND REPARATION

Phnom Penh 29 January 2013 – The alliance organizations have delivered its second petition to Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, Embassy of Brunei Darussalam, Embassy of the Union of Myanmar, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, UNFPA, UNV, UNIAP, and UNDP.

This event is held in the intention to show concern of the violence against human right, also to request the government to free the 23 people. 

The alliance organizations inclusive of Cooperation Committer for Cambodia (CCC), NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGO Forum), Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC), Human Right Task Force (HRTF) and SILAKA representing a great number of national and international organizations operation in Cambodia.

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