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Cambodia‘s Invisible Labor Force

Human trafficking is one of the greatest crimes of the 21st century. It is a persistent violation of the rights and lives of children, men and women. We live in a globalized world that facilitates the movement of goods, information and people across borders.

By Naomi Burnett

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Ung Yok Khoan)

Ung Yok Khoan – Director of Amara

Ms. Ung Yok Khoan is founder and director of Amara, Cambodian Women's Network for Development, which was originally thought as a women’s network to prepare a report for the Fourth World Conference on Women presented by the UN in Beijing, September 1995. 

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Hoy Sochivanny)

Hoy Sochivanny – President of Positive Change for Cambodia (PCC)

Ms. Hoy Sochivanny, president of Positive Change for Cambodia, participated in the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995 together with 85 other Cambodian women from civil society and 35 members of the Cambodian government.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Chak Sopheap)

Chak Sopheap – Executive Director of CCHR

Chak Sopheap is the executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), one of the leading human rights organizations working for the promotion and protection of political and civil rights.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Reaksmey Arun)

Reaksmey Arun – Executive Director at Strey Khmer

Reaksmey works with women to raise awareness of women’s legal and human rights, engage women in leadership and political participation, and provide access to different forms of justice for victims of state based violence against women inflicted as part of illegal land grabbing and forced evictions.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Pisey Khim)

Pisey Khim – Managing Director of WRC

As Managing Director of Women's Resource Center (WRC) in Siem Reap, Pisey identifies the main concern for women and girls to be a lack of education and information about their rights and equality between women and men.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Bimala Jnawali)

Bimala Jnawali – President of AATWIN, Chairperson of CWISH

Ms. Bimala Jnawali has been working for policy change on a local, national and international level for years. She is the president of the Alliance Against Trafficking in Women and Children in Nepal (AATWIN), a pioneer network that campaigns to end human trafficking problems.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Kasumi Nakagawa)

Kasumi Nakagawa – Faculty Member at the Pannasastra University

Ms. Kasumi Nakagawa has been a faculty member at the Pannasastra University of Cambodia since 2002, in charge of gender studies at the foundation course and is a key figure in the development of the Cambodian National Action Plan to prevent Violence against Women (NAPVAW).

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Sally Douglas)

Sally Douglas – Advisor at Women's Resource Center

Sally is the advisor at Women's Resource Center (WRC) and has played an instrumental role in the development of WRC's programs, which best accommodate the needs of the local community.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Pisey Ly)

Pisey Ly – Women's Network for Unity (WNU), Social Action for Change (SAC)

Pisey has been involved in women's rights networks for many years thus working on the most urgent social problems Cambodian women face today.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Alexandra Amling)

Alexandra Amling – EVAW Program Officer at The Asia Foundation

Alex has been supporting The Asian Foundation in research on violence against women (VAW) since 2014. Grounded in her passion for conflict analysis and peacebuilding, Alex has been researching and writing on women in armed conflict and post-war settings.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Erin Bourgois)

Erin Bourgois – Program Advisor at The Asia Foundation Cambodia

Committed to the protection and advancement of women's rights, Erin started working on violence against women prevention programs internationally in 2007 - specifically in the areas of forced migration and acid violence. 

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Kate Sheill)

Kate Sheill – International Advocacy Officer at GAATW

Kate works for the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), an international network of independent organizations formed in 1994 by a group of women’s rights activists from Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Malin Lok)

Malin Lok – Program Officer at The Asia Foundation Cambodia

Malin Lok is a program officer at The Asia Foundation Cambodia (TAF). She is passionate and dedicated about contributing to positive change in the Cambodian society.

Beijing plus 20 – Voices from Cambodia (Rachana Bunn)

Rachana Bunn – VXW Awardee, Natural Resource and Land Management Program Officer with ActionAid Cambodia

Rachana is a human rights lawyer and land rights activist. Rachana strongly believes in the freedom of expression and the power of social media to bring positive change in the lives of the most vulnerable people in Cambodia.

Roundtable on Beijing plus 20 on Monday, February 16th, 2015

On the 16th of February the Heinrich Böll Foundation Cambodia hosted a roundtable workshop on Beijing +20 at the Metahouse in Phnom Penh. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which took place in September 1995. 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists attending a parallel forum streamed into Beijing to further the empowerment of women and promote gender equality. After two weeks of intense debate, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action had been drafted, a milestone in the promotion of women’s rights. Until this day, the Declaration is one of the most quoted human rights documents concerning women.

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