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