The perfect Cambodian woman

Today, Cambodia still struggles to recover, and very few victims of the Khmer Rouge have received justice. By forcing villagers to turn on each other, the brutal regime destroyed entire social structures. In Cambodia, a multinational research team has piloted a leadership and food safety workshop that empowers female farmers to collaborate and take collective action to strengthen food safety in their communities. Some Cambodian rights activists, including Eng Chandy, a program manager at Gender and Development for Cambodia, say that criticism of the new law serves to enhance dialogue about gender equality in the region. Mu Sochua, a member of parliament and a vocal advocate for women’s rights, says the only way to stop Cambodian women from being trafficked is to provide them with economic opportunities at home. The shows are intended to spark community discussions about domestic violence.

Every student in the country wears this same uniform, regardless of province or age — a small nod to the communist history. Their hygiene is better, Phanny says, even though they don’t have access to running water or electricity. Phanny says she’s learned many skills, and she feels more confident that she can care for her children and encourage them in their studies.

Areportpublished last year by the United Nations found 85 Cambodian women were repatriated in 2015 after being sold into forced marriage. The U.S. State Department’sannual reporton human trafficking notes that 64 trafficking victims were repatriated from China last year. A Khmer woman and her Chinese husband greeted the girls at the airport. The cousins didn’t realize something was amiss until the woman locked them in a rented apartment for several days and allowed a stream of visitors to come to assess them. The inhabitants of this area, victims of exploitation and sorts of robbery by the torturer-captain and his men, have a miserable life full of humiliation.

  • Worse still, the traitorous captain and his men embark on orgies of rape against the girls and the women of the village.
  • Even… dishwashing and cooking, the husband can help do it… We shouldn’t let the work fall on one person, it’s not good,” one younger male participant said.
  • First, it investigates the barriers experienced by sexually exploited Cambodian women when integrating into Christian churches.
  • Another goal is to enhance the flow of knowledge between relevant stakeholders and development operators, NGOs, governmental agencies, scientific community and policy-makers.
  • As a result, people opted to work individually to protect their rights.
  • The larger the animal, the more wealth it can generate for a family.

They live unaware of their legal rights and/or global human rights standards. Holt’s on-the-ground partners visit frequently, and share information about keeping children in school, preventing child trafficking and reporting abuse.

Report: Beyond Wage Digitization: Financial Capability and Economic Empowerment of Cambodian Women Migrant Workers

Pervasive poverty continues to threaten the safety of children and families. In previous projects, Vipham noticed that although women in Cambodia play vital roles in the vegetable value chain, their sense of belonging and leadership opportunities within their communities could be improved. Vannith Hay, project team member and a graduate student in Vipham’s lab, noted that community- and women-focused approaches have untapped potential for shaping the food safety landscape in his native Cambodia. In response to this demographic dilemma, human traffickers have started importing desperately poor women from Cambodia to be sold as brides. These women are often told, like Neath, that they will be given a job in a Chinese factory. Instead, they are married to men with whom they do not share a language.


Women overwhelmingly said that they perform more housework compared to men and serve as “project managers” of the domestic sphere, contributing to insomnia, stress and a general sense that there is always too much to do. Data was collected from 250 survey participants and 60 interviewees, including heterosexual women, men and LGBTQ+ couples, in Phnom Penh and rural Kampong Chhanng province. Cambodian women shoulder a disproportionate amount of the work at home and mental stress related to performing it, even though they and their partners believe the work should be shared more equally, according to a new report. With some initial capital provided by Holtchild sponsorsand monthly deposits and interest payments from every member, the women have an account with nearly $2,000 they can borrow from in small increments of $100-$300. The organizers attributed much of the workshops’ success to these students, who were able to lead the second day’s workshop without assistance from the KSU team.

Cambodian Women’s Health Project

Saywen, a member of the Brave Women and mother of two, borrowed about $100 to open a small grocery stall near her home.Two years ago, life was bleak for Phanny and her children. Her only way to make money was by selling traditional Khmer medicine, which she would make from plants, leaves and other foraged ingredients. She would sell her medicines to neighbors and make less than $1 per day. In four years, more than 2 million people died — and those who survived were left to deal with the aftermath.

They provide trainings to help the women improve rice yield and host workshops about topics like composting or vaccinating baby chicks. Holt-sponsored children often attend, too, just to play with friends or watch what their mothers or grandmothers are learning. In recent years, we’ve bolstered our programs that aim to strengthen families vulnerable to separation.

In August, two dozen female vegetable farmers and staff members from Banteay Srei, a local nonprofit focused on women’s self-empowerment, participated in trainings held in the Cambodian provinces of Siem Reap and Battambang. During the day-long workshops, women worked together to identify their personal strengths and conduct risk assessments of the vegetable value chain, learning how their leadership and collective action can improve food safety in their communities. Research and advocacy projects are also undertaken in support of specific objectives regarding the protection of women’s and children’s rights. For example CWDA has conducted research together with the Cambodian Prostitutes’ Union on Human Rights abuses of prostitutes in Toul Kork. The survey was significant because it was done by the women concerned themselves. It was a rare study that was done by, not about, prostitutes and their lives, working conditions, suffering in the hands of police and clients. The women themselves made recommendations to the government and to society about what should be done to improve their situation.

More research needs to be done regarding the social, cultural, and religious influences of family members as a primary barrier to attending church. In addition, deeper exploration and closer analysis need to be done into how faith-based NGOs operate to reach spiritual outcome goals during the integration process. Lastly, church congregations need additional educational support services regarding the existing barriers to church attendance for sexually exploited women.

Prostitution in Cambodia encompasses local women, women from Vietnam, and is being linked to the sex trade in nearby Thailand. As a result of this wide-spread prostitution, approximately 2.8% of Cambodia’s population are infected with HIV/AIDS. This intervention is suitable in home and community-based settings. Time required varies based on number of attempts needed to reach women at home , duration of home visit, and duration of the group meeting. Survey data showed that less than 5% of total respondents felt that women should manage household these tasks without help, while almost two-thirds said that men should take on more cognitive labor.