6. feb, 2019

World Bank Award for Culture4Change Innovation in Preventing Gender-Based Violence in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, April 19, 2018-  The  World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) awarded $ 99,900 to Monash University, Buddhism for Health, and Culture for Change (C4C) to reduce gender-based violence GBV) in Cambodia. Click  here  for a poster of the project). 

The Award, part of the 2018 Development Market for Gender-Based Violence,* will study and support  interventions by Buddhist monks and female devotees to stop violence. Specifically, the award will help test how women, men, girls and boys use their local cultural references to understand what they have experienced or witnessed. Through collaboration with a Buddhist network, they will be responsible for and help GBV and mitigate its effects. They will also document why perpetrators and survivors sought help from monks and female devotees, and how it changes attitudes towards women and girls.

"Cambodia has important advances against gender-based violence, but understanding cultural attitudes is important to GBV succeed," said Miguel Eduardo Sanchez Martin, World Bank Acting Country Manager for Cambodia.  "We congratulate the winners on this innovative approach and look forward to learning about the effects of GBV."

The World Health Organization estimates that  35 percent of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence  in their lifetime. According to UN Women, in Cambodia, at least one in five women is a victim of GBV and more than half of all children's experience of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner, parent or adult relative, or community member. These figures seem comparable with other countries, but not express how the nature of violence in Cambodia is debilitating and accepted as a part of life.

"Studies show that  gender-based violence can cost up to 3.7 percent or GDP due to lost productivity,"  said  Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender, World Bank Group "The World Bank Group is proud to support the Development Marketplace winners, whose projects seek to find sustainable and scalable approaches to preventing GBV for us today and for future generations."