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One in five women in Cambodia have suffered physical or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime - mostly by an intimate partner. While violence against women is a violation of women’s human rights, it is still viewed as justifiable to some Cambodians even among women themselves.


To heighten the public’s awareness of gender-based violence and put an end to social norms that condone violence, UNFPA Cambodia teamed up with the Ministry of Women Affairs to organize two edutainment events in Kampong Cham and Steung Treng province for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (25 November - 10 December). During the 16 days, we also brought the netizens’ attention to violence against women in Cambodia through our infographic.


Kampong Cham - “Open your hand”: Edutainment event inspires community to end violence

“Let’s play a game! It’s called “Clenched Hand and Open Hand”” announced Chhap Nika, a youth volunteer leading a game during an “edutainment” event as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign in Prey Chhor community. Read more


Steung Treng - Marching for a cause: Raising public awareness about violence against women

It was around 9:00am when a quiet Wednesday morning started turning into an eventful day for Steung Treng town. The drum of Khmer traditional Chai Yam (ឆៃយុាំ) was loud as the music group along with 400 people was parading main streets of Steung Treng town. Passengers, street vendors and business people stopped their routine tasks to see what the buzz was about. Read more