Show Case The Best Practices And Lesson-Learnt For Promoting Women’s Right And Socio-Economic Empowerment In Cambodia

We, Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) and Heifer International Cambodia (HIC) have been implementing a three-year EU funded project on “The Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights and Socio-Economic Empowerment” from 2013-2015. Six communes of three provinces, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Prey Veng are the targeted communes for the project implementation. 

The overall objective of the project is to promote gender equality and empower women to participate in sustainable socioeconomic development in Cambodia. The project builds on the expertise and track record of the two partners, GADC on women’s rights and gender equality and Heifer on social economic development.

We are planned to organize a project sharing workshop on ‘Good practices and lesson-learnt’ on December 16, 2015 at Tonle Bassac II Restaurant. The workshop is aimed to show case the project’s achievement, challenges and best practices to concern stakeholders and target beneficiaries and opportunity for other organization to adapt the project design to their own intervention, replicate and extend the project to other areas of Cambodia. Medias are highly welcomed to this event.

Around 200 participants from various stakeholders including national and sub-national governments, local and international NGOs, ambassadors, private sectors and project beneficiaries will be joining this workshop. More importantly, the representative from the Delegation of the European Union to Cambodia will be provided the welcome remarks and Representative of Ministry of Women Affair will be provided the opening speech of this workshop.

GADC and Heifer strongly believe that this joint approaches and activities as well as best practices and lesson-learnt from this project will be replicated and scaled up through future project to promote gender equality and empower women to participate in sustainable socio-economic development in Cambodia.

For further information, please contact:

–      Mrs. Ros Sopheap, Executive Director, Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) and Secretariat of Gender and Development Network (GADNet) through phone: (855 23) 215 137.

–      Mrs. Keo Keang, Country Director, Heifer International Cambodia (HIC) through phone: (855 12 921 293).

Open letter to leader and ministries involving in prevention of violence against women and children

Phnom Penh 15 July 2015: We all are members of the Gender and Development Network(GADNet), Committee to Promote Women in Politics (CPWP), Cambodian Men’s Network (CMN), JASS Southeast Asian (JASS SEA) in Cambodia, One Billion Rising (ORB) Cambodia and Cambodian Young Women’s Empowerment Network (CYWEN) as well as other youth groups working to promote women’s rights in Cambodia.

We wholeheartedly commend and support Samdech Kralahaom SAR KHENG for his remarks made on July 14, 2015, ordering all competent authorities to hunt and arrest Oknha Sok Bun, who committed violence against a former CTN presenter, Miss Ek Socheata, aka SASA, and warning any relevant officials, who try to block this case. At the same time, we tremendously support the firm position of the leaders of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in pushing for punishment of the above-named perpetrator according to the law in force.

 We all are strongly hopeful and convinced of the actions of Samdech Kralahaom Sar Kheng and the position of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs seeking to hunt and arrest Oknha Sok Bun and his personal bodyguards and bring them to justice according to the law in order to find justice for the victim and set an example for those who use violence against women, including those individuals who, relying on their powers and money, abuse and violate the rights of other people, particularly women and children.

Furthermore, we are enormously confident that Samdech Kralahaom Sar Kheng and relevant institutions will take legal actions on any case of violence against women and children to show a strong will with high attention that can contribute for reducing and stopping all forms of violence against women and children more effectively in Cambodia.   

Finally, we all would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Samdech Kralahaom Sar Kheng and leaders of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs for their attention and taking actions on the above-mentioned case of violence.

Please kindly accept, Samdech Kralahaom Sar Kheng and leaders of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the renewed assurance of our highest respects.

                                                                                 Made in Phnom Penh, July 15, 2015

Join statement about the brutal attack committed by tycoon , Sok Bun,and his guard against Ek Socheata (Sasa)

Phnom Penh 10 July 2015 -We all, members of the Gender and Development Network (GADNet), Cambodian Men’s Network (CMN), Southeast Asian Regional Program (JASS) in Cambodia, NGO-CEDAW and One Billion Rising Cambodia as well as other youth groups working to promote women’s rights in Cambodia, absolutely condemn the use of cruel and heinous violence with the aim of breaking up the women’s spirit and trampling over women’s dignity.

The social media and some local press organizations have lately published an outstanding case of physical violence against a woman. On July 2, 2015, Oknha Sok Bun and his personal bodyguards committed a serious and obscene physical violence against Miss Ek Socheata alias Sasa.

According to:

  1. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia, article 45 (paragraph 1)
  2. The Penal Code of the Kingdom of Cambodia (articles 217 and 218)
  3. The National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW)
  4. The International Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  5. The UN’s CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Observations (item 9) of the Cambodian 4th and 5th Combined Periodical Report on the Implementation of CEDAW

We steadfastly condemn the perpetrator and solemnly call on all relevant institutions, particularly the Phnom Penh Court of First Instance to take immediate actions to solve the abovementioned case and other cases of violence against women that have happened so far, and to further prevent/stop more cases of violence against women.

For more information, please contact:

  1. Ms. Ros Sopheap, Gender and Development Network (GADNet), 012 627 857
  2. Mr. Ou Ratanak, Youth Representative, 017 855 969/087 297 999
  3. Mr. Nen Phearith, Representative of OBR, 085 253 545
  4. Ms. Chim Chan Neang, NGO-CEDAW Coordinator, 012 668 853
  5. Ms. Chan Kunthea, JASS Regional Coordinator, 012 854 295
  6. Mr. Chhay Kimsore, CMN National Coordinator, 012 627 837  

To President of National Assembly in Cambodia, Reject Proposed Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations and Trade Union Law

7 July 2015 – We, the undersigned organizations and individuals urge your Excellency to not pass the proposed Trade Union Law and the Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations (LANGO). This process must be immediately halted until and unless genuine and inclusive consultation with civil society and trade unions can be guaranteed by the government of Cambodia.

Based on the various consultations we have had with our civil society partners in Cambodia and upon analyzing the content of those proposed laws, we find that they pose a direct threat towards the fundamental freedoms that are enshrined in various international laws and treaties including those signed and ratified by Cambodia. And hence, in solidarity with the people’s of Cambodia, we urge the National Assembly of Cambodia to not pass both laws unless there is due process and genuine consultation with the peoples of Cambodia especially with civil society and trade unions.

We find many aspects in LANGO which put unjustifiable legal restrictions on freedom of association and this will surely hinder the work of many informal associations especially people’s movements from executing their human rights and social justice advocacy. Associations and NGOs must not be stifled with such laws which will directly affect their freedom of peaceful assembly, association, expression and opinion. From the content of the proposed law, it clearly a law that seems to be for the sole intention of restricting the human rights agenda of civil society in Cambodia.

With regards to the proposed Trade Union Law, we find many aspects of the law which further suppressed trade union rights and goes against norms as set by the ILO. Cambodia which already has a bad track record on labor rights, must not digress by passing such a law.This proposed law will surely make it harder for unionizing process and also hinder the struggle for fair and just wages and also better working conditions for Cambodian workers.

Therefore, we, the undersigned organizations reaffirm our strong opposing to this draft Trade Union Law and proposed Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations.

We the undersigned,

1. Altsean-Burma

2. Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA)

3. Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC)

4. Australia Asia Worker Links (AAWL)

5. Awami workers party Pakistan

6. Center for Independent Journalism(CIJ),Malaysia

7. Committee for Asia Women (CAW)

8. Electronic industry employees union southern region,Malaysia

9. Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC)

10. Globalisation Monitor (GM),Hong Kong

11. International Campaign for Responsible Technology,USA

12. Jaringan rakyat tertindas ( JERIT),Malaysia

13. Jobs with Justice ,USA (JWJ)

14. KNIGHTS for PEACE, International

15. Konfederasi Pergerakan Rakyat Indonesia (Confederation of Indonesian People’s Movement)

16. National Free Trade Union, Sri Lanka

17. North South Institute (NSI),Malaysia

18. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)/Socialist Party of Malaysia)

19. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS),Malaysia

20. Progress Union,Sri Lanka

21. Sedane Labour Resource Centre(LIPS),Indonesia

22. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM),Malaysia

23. Yayasan LINTAS NUSA Batam, Indonesia

24. School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly, Treading Humbly (SALT)

25. William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Defender and Freelance Journalist, UK

26. Saadia Haq, Human rights activist and social justice blogger, Pakistan.

CC to:

1. H.E. HUN Sen, Prime Minister Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

2. H.E. ITH Sam Heng Minister of Labour and Vocational Training.

3. H.E. HENG Sour Chief of Cabinet and Director General of Labour and Vocational Training.

4. H.E. HOR Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International

Cooperation of Cambodia

5. H.E. Dr. AUN Porn Moniroth Minister of Economy and Finance.

6. H.E. SUN Chanthol Minister of Commerce.

Open Letter to Samdech Aka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia

We, Women’s Groups from 6 Civil Society Organizations, working to promote gender equality in Cambodia, on behalf citizens and Cambodian women, would like to extend our appreciation to the Royal Government for the efforts to overcome all challenges to promote roles and the status of women in all sectors in Cambodia, especially through the introduction of a number of policies on gender mainstreaming including the Rectangular Strategy of the Royal Government, in which Angle No. 4 of the Rectangle 4 is on gender equality and the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals, which determine the number of women in leadership positions. In addition, Neary Ratanak 4, National Strategic Development Plan(2014-2018) and the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (2014-2018) also highlight the importance of women in society.

These policies are being implemented by relevant ministries and institutions including the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Cambodian National Council for Women and have yielded many positive results in promoting the status and roles of women in Cambodia. However, our mission has not been accomplished because we have observed there are still many obstacles which hinder the acceleration of achievements towards a real equality between women and men, and which are also a bottleneck in your efforts in the development of the country as a whole. 

Launching Event of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women

25 November 2014 – Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) and Cambodian Men’s Network (CMN) join together with Cooperation for Social Services and Development (CSSD), Gender and Development Network (GANet), and five Youth Networks from university in Phnom Penh to organize the event of 16 days of activism for no violence against women. 

The campaign will be held through out four provinces – Kompong Chhnang, Pursat, Kandal, and Preyveng province – and the message this year is “Together Implement the Law = No Violence”

Key Messages from Civil Society in Cambodia

12 November 2014 – The Gender and Development Network (GANet), the committee to promote women in politics (CPWP), The Cambodian Women Caucus (CWC), and The Cambodian NGO Committee on CEDAW(NGO-CEDAW) are working to set this statement out for the global special occasion of the 20 years assessment of the Beijing Platform for action. To contribute to Beijing +20 Asia Pacific and global reviews, we would like to ensure that the women’s issue in Cambodia are heard and responded to the Asia Pacific and Global reviews of the Beijing Platform for action.  

Our key concern is inequality gap between the rich and poor and between women and men as a result of complex combination of social inequalities, deprivation of rights, exclusion from opportunities, limited social protection policies and weak enforcement of laws. We are concern about the continued impunity for most perpetrators of gender based violence despite legislative reforms, very slow progress on decreasing malnutrition among women and girls, and the impact of decreasing external funding for the HIV response, particularly for women living with HIV and entertainment workers…

National Assembly President’s Circular Not Following the Framework of Law and Principles of Effectiveness, Transparency, and Democracy

02 October 2014 – Cambodian Civil Society Organizations have found that the Circular on the National Assembly (NA)’s commission working method, issued on 12 September 2014 by the President of National Assembly, does not adhere to the principles of democracy, transparency, effectiveness, the constitution and internal regulations of the National Assembly in regard to the following key points:

Point 1: The Constitution and internal regulations of the National Assembly do not stipulate any article giving power to the President of National Assembly to issue “circulars or authentic orders” to define the rights and power of authority and internal working methods of Commissions in the National Assembly. Article 87, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution states that the President assures implementation of internal regulations and provision 8 point F of the internal regulations defines the President’s role of maintaining order in the National Assembly. Maintaining order in the National Assembly refers to maintaining the order in plenary session and permanent committee meetings, but not an administrative job or the secretariat’s.

Proposed Amendments on Internal Regulations of the National Assembly (NA) Of the Kingdom of Cambodia

04 August 2014 – Cambodian Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and independent experts believe that the July 22 political leader’s agreement between the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) provides a framework for basic principles to ensure the effectiveness and transparency of the parliamentary process in accordance with the principles of a liberal multi-party democracy in Cambodia.