KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia - Women in Cambodia's Kampong Cham Province are no strangers to violence. A staggering 33 per cent of women in the province have experienced physical violence since age 15, a 2014 survey revealed. Statistics for the whole of Cambodia are not much better.
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In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women-including those who are illiterate or single mothers-to help them improve their livelihoods. Twenty-year-old Vern Chantha is one.
PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia - "I still remember when my neighbour experienced complications during delivery. She passed away on the way to the referral hospital. It was terrifying," 16-year-old Kem Lean told UNFPA in the northern Cambodian province of Preah Vihear. "Now that I'm pregnant myself, I keep thinking that I don't want that to happen to me."
The men at the factory would stare at me and tell me that I was old enough 'to be eaten. I was the newcomer. Walking the small distance from my sewing machine to the toilet used to be very uncomfortable.' New women coming to work at the factory often experienced harassment.
PHNOM-PENH, Cambodia - "My engine is still working!" a young man in a clinic yelled gleefully, having just testing negative for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Patients in the waiting room turned to gawk at him.