Women's Rights in Cambodia

Supporting women as active political participants.

The Challenge

Decades of civil war and genocide shredded the social fabric of Cambodia. Though active conflict ended years ago, the country is still torn by corruption, injustice and inequity. Women's rights in Cambodia are particularly affected, with women forced to overcome not only a legacy of violence but also longstanding gender stereotypes that limit their chance to build peace. They lack access to education and face increased demands to manage agricultural production alongside household, child and elder care responsibilities. Participating in the political process is difficult, to say the least. Those who do participate are often marginalized within their own parties and left out of decision-making at local and national levels. This impacts their ability to influence development processes and policy-level decision making.

Our Emphasis: Women's Leadership and Political Participation

Since 2012, we've partnered with Khmer Ahimsa, a local Cambodian organization headed by 2005 IPJ Woman PeaceMaker Thavory Huot, bringing together women from the country's main political parties to break down barriers, create alliances and identify common interests and goals. Through cross-party training, they develop improved communication and negotiation skills to address challenges for women's participation in the political sphere. They also gain confidence to speak up and fight for a seat at the table of governance and peacebuilding.

Making Peace

To date, we've trained over 100 Cambodian women, empowering them to engage and shape their communities through political participation. UN Women and other international organizations recognize us as uniquely positioned to continue making progress, thanks to our convening power and partnership with members of the Women PeaceMakers Asia Regional Network.