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Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in Cambodia

In Cambodia, violence against women is alarming, with one in four a victim and up to 89% of them not reporting it. More than half of all children in Cambodia also experience violence, and often based on gender.  

Khmer culture and tradition are often taken as explanations for the gap between legislation of international standards and continuing violence against women and girls. The challenge is to change the ‘tradition’ of harming women, and to convince people of the value of behavioural change. The project uses the strength of culture to transform ‘traditional’ beliefs and behaviour patterns. The current National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW) requires a Theory of Change built on what makes sense to ordinary men and women. Accordingly, the project poses that culture can and must be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

C4C works with Monash University and RACHA, the leading Cambodian NGO in Women's health and rights.

 

Social and Financial Inclusion

To close the gap in income, information and opportunities between the have's and the have-not's a digital gao needs to be closed too. There is a lot happening in new technologies, from innovative use of mobile phones, use of satellites in agriculture, e-banking and what not. But: technical solutions will only work when people use them. In fragile states and excluded communities, intensive use of new technologies requires trust. At C4C we believe that social inclusion is not sustainable without closing the digital gap in these globalized times. Families need access to financial products, but will only use this access when there is a minimal social cohesion. In many fragile political situation this cohesion has been shattered. The strength of our partnership with Auxfin is that social and financial inclusion go hand in hand: the benefits of financial inclusion strengthen trust in social inclusion – and vice versa. 

Inclusive communities