Women's Rights Advocacy Office
advocacy and reform by and for women

Radio talk show
Radio roundtable with LICADHO representative and authorities

Women in Cambodia face numerous challenges and dangers, including gross human rights violations. Despite having ratified key human rights treaties like the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Cambodian government fails to provide women who have suffered gender-based violence with critical support services.The informal cost of forensic examinations, medical check-ups and medical certificates to be used in court are prohibitive and psychosocial services are rudimentary or simply unavailable.Fearing shame and further violence by their attacker, victims often do not report instances of gender-based violence. Corruption in the police and the judiciary means that perpetrators who are reported are often left unpunished. In some cases, particularly in rape cases, the police are the actual perpetrators.There is also a distinct lack of reliable statistics and information on gender-based violence in Cambodia.

What we do

In response to these issues, the Women's Rights Advocacy Office aims to educate communities on gender-based violence, provide assistance to victims and lobby the government, the international community and other non-governmental organizations. The Office's activities include: