Cambodia Profile

Sport for gender equality

The power of sport in promoting peace and reaching development objectives has often been ignored and disrespected through history. Yet, it has been recognized by the United Nations as a fundamental right and as a critical tool to achieve the Global Goals. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for… Continue reading Sport for gender equality

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Girls’ education: current challenges in Cambodia

“I am those of the 66 million girls who are deprived of education” - Malala Yousafzai Nobel Lecture, 2014 Peace Prize When we asked a little girl from the remote village of Prey Dak, in the countryside of Battambang province, what she would like to do in the future, she answered straight away “I want to… Continue reading Girls’ education: current challenges in Cambodia

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Gender based violence under the Khmer Rouge regime

During interviews and through our research, the times of the Khmer Rouge have come back relentlessly. A dark period of Cambodian history that still defines the state of the country today, both economically and socially. A dark past In the late 60’s, Cambodia experienced periods of instability due to the influence of war between Vietnam… Continue reading Gender based violence under the Khmer Rouge regime

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Migration: An often economic yet risky necessity

A difficult economic situation... Even though Cambodia has seen a major improvement regarding poverty reduction in the past years, the situation remains very difficult for the majority of the population. Indeed, the number of people living with less than 1.25 US$ per day dropped from 31% in 2007 to 10% in 2011. But most people… Continue reading Migration: An often economic yet risky necessity

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“Bauk”- The terrifying trend amongst young middle class Cambodian men

“Bauk” literally means “plus” in the Khmer language. It is the name commonly given to gang rape in Cambodia. A 2013 study conducted by “Partners for Prevention” shows that across the 5 different Asian countries studied Cambodia has one of the highest rates of gang rape in the region; it is in fact, double the… Continue reading “Bauk”- The terrifying trend amongst young middle class Cambodian men

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Chbab Srey – The way to be the perfect Cambodian woman

Apsara dancers, figures of Hindu mythology, Angkor Temple.   The Chbab Srey is a code of conduct for women (Chbab is Khmer for code, and Srey for woman). In the form of a poem, it describes how a woman should behave, with a special focus on her attitude towards her husband. “Don’t bring the outside… Continue reading Chbab Srey – The way to be the perfect Cambodian woman

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Cambodia – Overview

A VIOLENT HISTORY… Located in South East Asia, Cambodia is the home of 15 million inhabitants. The social fabric of Cambodia has been woven out of dark years of colonization, wars and genocide. An estimated two million children, women and men – or a quarter of the population – have been killed by execution, disease… Continue reading Cambodia – Overview