Feature Story

The 16-Days event in Preah Vihear gives a voice to violence survivors

7 December 2015
UNFPA Cambodia jointly organized an event with the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Preah Vihear province to raise awareness and advocate for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls

Violence against women does not just affect women's health but is a social concern!

A recent national survey, Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey 2014 shows that one in five women aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence at least once since the age of 15. It also reveals that the most commonly reported perpetrator of physical and sexual violence is a woman's current husband/partner.  

Remarkably, Preah Vihear province, located in the northeast of Cambodia has the highest prevalence rate of violence against women: approximately 35% of women have experienced physical violence.

In marking the 16-days campaign to end violence against women and girls, UNFPA Cambodia jointly organized an event with the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Preah Vihear province to raise awareness and advocate for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

About 400 students from high schools and pedagogical school, government personnel, civil society representatives and uniformed personnel including police, military police and army participated in the forum to gain knowledge and hear updated information on domestic violence and test their understanding on this subject.

The 16-days campaign does not only aim to end violence but also hopes to encourage survivors, especially women and girls, to claim their rights to be protected by law and learn to create a safe space that is free from violence.

Participants were excited about playing quiz and pledging their commitments to ending violence. Each was invited to write a commitment on the color paper, then hang on a tree so that it reads out louder to others and advocates for violence-free community. About 85% of participants answered correctly and elaborated on questions about violent behaviours, unacceptable social norms and ways to prevent violence in the family and community.