all articles on gender democracy

MoA Signing Ceremony On a Translation Project

Heinrich Böll Stiftung is happy to continue the fruitful cooperation with the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Faculty of Humanities. The upcoming joint project will provide a translation of German philosophers into Khmer language.

Beyond the Screen: Online Harassment of Cambodia’s Digital Youth Advocate

I have been online harassed countless of times. It's not only because I'm outspoken, but also because I'm a woman. I believe that many women have similar experience online simply because they are women. I have received harassment messages as well as unsolicited genital pictures and pornography.

By Dana Buenaobra

Female Dance Theatre

On 22nd and  24th  July 2018  hbs  Cambodia invited the all-female dance company New Cambodian Artists for performances at the National Museum. The amazing dance pieces dealt with topics such as domestic violence, growing up, sadness and happiness, and the American bombing of Cambodian territory during the Indochina war.
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Signing the cooperation agreement with Women's Ressource Centre in Siem Reap

Happy to learn from Khim Pisey about the new ideas on the Positive Parenting Program including ideas such as questioning gender roles, shedding light on alcohol abuse, providing financial training, talking about the difference between needs and wants. Glad to have such a strong and progressive partner organisation at our side.

Dreaming Together

Public talk on gender politics in Asia

In light of the International Women’s  Day, the Heinrich Boell Foundation Cambodia organized a talk titled “Doing Gender – Aspects of Gender and LGBTIQ Politics in Asia”.

By Lea Huber

Riel Change Project 2017 - Financial Management and Life Skills for Women

Financial Management and life skills for women- To promote women to develop their livelihood via training them on how to manage income, saving skill, life skills, how to make sufficient budget, health care, good custom for life, how to use money correctly. All lessons are useful for them and their family members to prevent from risks that might happened and build harmony condition in family, which are ways to reduce violent…

By Chuon Chamrong

Dignity Project 2016 - Artistic activism against gender based violence

Cambodia - A joyous wedding preparation – celebrating a new chapter in a young wife’s as she steps into the unknown with anxious excitement. Stuck in abusive structures – the pain and suffering is hidden behind feminine beauty and a smile. But once the line is crossed too many times, the pain can be ignored no longer. Taking a stand – finding strength and courage, united as one, to have a voice and say ‘no more violence’.

Tuktuk Lady interview "My day starts at 4.30 am…."

The huge majority of Tuktuk drivers work on the streets in Phnom Penh nowadays are male. T here are only few women transporting passengers as this is commonly regarded as men’s work. Along the street near Toul Tom Pong market there is a Tuktuk lady who stands by most of the time.

By Suon Tithbotomroth

The Return of Repression

The repression of NGOs and other civil society groups increases worldwide, which leads to a decline of democratic freedom. This issue should be added to the agenda of national parliaments and multilateral organizations.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Education of ending Domestic Violence

The education of ending domestic violence and share the root of violence and how get information to help victim and how to do when domestic violence happened.

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.

Interview with Pisey Khim and Sally Jane Douglas

Women’s Resource Center (WRC)

Operating since 2010, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is a drop-in center for women, which offers counselling support, informal-educational workshops on different topics like woman’s health, parenting, legal aid and the finance course “riel change”. The organization consists of 5 people of which 4 are Khmer.

By Sonja Alexandra Barwitzki

Women in Local Governance: Finding answers together

Women´s political role in Cambodia is hampered by gender based discrimination, but woman have much to say about local political issues. This video explores the political problems faced by women in Cambodia, indigenous or Khmer, their visions about change and strategies that can allow them to gain a better share in governance.

Domestic Violence is not seen as a crime

Although the law on against domestic violence was put into action in 2005, according to women at the grassroot level, it is still a common issue in many marriages.

By Written by: Aing Sokroeun

Radio Feature with a Cambodian artist

The cambodian artist Buth Chan Anochea in a Radio Feature about her paintings on the exhibition “Hey sister, where are you going?” where ten female artists present their masterpieces, which express women in society.

By Produced by HONG Channpheaktra and MAK Kuleka

Women's Voices Women's Choices

The radio program "Women's Voices, Women's Choices" will be broadcasted in Khmer Language every two weeks on Sunday from 11am to 12am on FM 93.5. It addresses various topics such as education, living standard, small business, women’s rights, environment, security and others from the viewpoint of women in Cambodia. Please click the play button on the audio taskbar for listening to the broadcast from November 7, 2010.

Young Cambodian Female Artist

Chan Dina is a young Cambodian female artist who will express her variouse artworks at one shoppingmall where the other 10 Cambodian female artists' artwoks will be shown to the public, too.

Young Cambodian Female Artist

"Hey Sister, Where are you going?!" is an art exhibition sponsered and organized by Heinrich Böll Foundation in Cambodia. Starting on the 22nd October, there will be displayed works from 11 Cambodian female artists in the Sovanna Mall in Phnom Penh.

By Chan Dina with her artwork studio

Women’s Involvement in Policy Implementation: Experiences from Gender Mainstreaming Policy on Community Fisheries Management in Cambodia

‘Srey bangvil chankran min chum’, according to this old Khmer expression women are seen as being too weak to involve in work beyond the household. However, as this case study conducted by the LEARNING INSTITUTE shows women contribute significantly to the total inland fish production in Cambodia. They not only involve in small-scale fishing but take on other income-generating activities such as gathering of aquatic plants and animals, fish culture, fish processing, fish marketing, fish trading, and making of fishing gear.

By Authors: CHAP Sopanha, TEP Chansothea, MENG Kimsan and SIV Sokngy

Women issues in systematic land registration

Mrs. Sun Phoeung aged 38 works as commune councilor in Chey commune in Kampong Thom province. She is in charge of women’s affairs and children. Becoming a member of the Women Political Activist Network has changed her life. “Without having knowledge of women’s rights I might have committed suicide” confesses Phoeung, looking back at a very difficult time in her life.

Launching of Action Research on Indigenous Women’s Political Participation

Parliamentarians, representatives of the Ministries of Interior and Women’s Affairs, researchers and staff of local and international organizations and indigenous women from four provinces were among the participants, when the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the German Technical Cooperation supported the Launch of the Action Research on “Promoting Political Participation of Indigenous Women in Cambodia” organized by the Committee to Promote Women in Politics.

By Article written by AING Sokroeun (HBF) and TOUCH Thavrith (GTZ ARDP)

Sex – it’s not just a man’s thing

  • Why do some people think that sex is “a man’s thing” without questioning the origin of this assumption?
  • Why do some people support the restriction on women’s sexual autonomy but not support similar restrictions on men’s sexual behaviour?

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About hbs Cambodia

Despite considerable progress in the past decade, Cambodian women’s participation in political institutions as well as non-formal bodies of political representation remains limited. In response, the Cambodia Gender Democracy program of the Heinrich Böll Foundation is formulated around two main objectives: Contribute to the gender discourse at the national level, in order to shape a genuine national gender democracy perspective. This involves linking gender with environment, as women are the primary actors in agriculture and play a key role in the management of natural resources. Enhance rural women’s participation in politics through the development of grassroots forms of representation, and increase their capacity to push their own agenda for emancipation and the development of their communities. International gender concepts and terminology are not always compatible within the local context, requiring pioneering work to foster a dialogue between various societal groups and stakeholders. The Cambodia Country office uses alternative media such as film and radio in addition to usual dialogue methods to expand the debate, provoke new perspectives, and integrate new, young activists.