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) recently awarded $ 99,900 to Monash University, RACHA, and Culture for Development in Cambodia, which aims to reduce incidents or   gender-based violence   (GBV). ). Click  here  for a poster of the project). 

The Award, part of the 2018   Development Market for Gender-Based Violence *  , will support the Cambodia-based organization   Reproductive and Child Health Alliance  , working with   Monash University   in Australia and  C4C  in the Netherlands. underpin and shape GBV, and how interventions by Buddhist monks and female devotees could contribute to prevention.

Specifically, the award will help them 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."

Launched in 2015 in memory of Hannah Graham, daughter of a long-time World Bank Group employee, the Development Marketplace is an annual competition for researchers towards finding innovative solutions that can help individuals, communities and nations stamp out GBV.

This year's winners, selected from more than 250 submissions from research institutions, NGOs, and aid organizations around the world, from Armenia, Cambodia, Colombia, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, and South Africa.

Winning teams received up to $ 100,000 each and were chosen based on merit, research or project design and methods, significance, team expertise, and ethical considerations.

The SVRI Grant, a global innovation award started in 2014, more awarded than US $ 1 million to nine projects in seven countries. With more than 5,500 members, SVRI is one of the largest global research networks focused on violence against women. SVRI supports research by disseminating and sharing knowledge and nurturing collaboration and networking, and improves policy and practice by supporting and funding research and capacity development. It hosts an international forum every two years to advance and expand on sexual and intimate partner violence.

* The official title is the " Sexual Violence Research Initiative and the World Bank Group's 2018 Development Marketplace for Innovation in the Prevention and Response of Gender-Based Violence (In Memory of Hannah Graham)"


Maurice  Requirements Bruch  -  maurice.eisenbruch@monash.edu 

Theary Chan  ctheary@racha.org.kh    www.racha.org.kh

Willem van de Put   willemvandeput@culture4change.com  www.culture4change.com