Calling for release the 11 land rights activist in front of Appeal Court

On January 22nd 2015, around 300 people from land communities Boeung Kak, Borei Keila, Thmor Kol…, monks’ network and NGOs gathered in front of the Appeal Court of Phnom Penh to support the 11 activists imprisoned since November 2014 and to call for their immediate release.

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Land rights activists from 6 communities and monks marched to submit invitations to the 7 Ambassadors from 7 Embassies and representatives from the EU, UN and Parliament to join the appeal court on 22nd January to support the release of the 10 land rights activists amd observe the process
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Women from our Mushroom Growing Project in Wat Kor Commune, Battambang Province, training other women from a nearby village (Treng) how to produce the compost and grow mushrooms themselves

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Children’s Success Center Opens in Battambang Province

Strey Khmer is very pleased to announce the launch of  the Children’s Success Center (CSC) in KsachPoy Village, Sangkat WatKor,  Battambang Province. The early childhood development center was opened in response to limited educational resources in the community, and is focused on providing a safe and inviting learning space for children to explore and grow in preparation to enter public school. The program is supported by a private donor  in collaboration with Women Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE).

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Tents for Borei Keila Community

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In Partnership with Women Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE) and Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF), Strey Khmer donated 40 tents to the Borei Keila community. The tents will serve as temporary housing for families who are still dealing with loss of their land and homes. The Borei Keila community would like to express their gratitude towards WAVE, SKO and HRTF for their continued support of their fight for justice!

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Happy Belated International Women’s Day

March 8th was a busy day for Strey Khmer! The SKO team joined in several events to help advocate for women’s rights.

1) Strey Khmer helped to fund women’s activities across the country. Locally we helped support communities that have lost their land including: Boeung Kak, Borei Keila, Boeung Chhouk and Tmor Kol as they joined peace walk  around the US and French embassys and walked to submit letters to the Ministry of Women’s affairs for the release of Boeung Kak land activist Bopha.

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Peaceful protestors gathered together near the U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh

Peaceful protestors gathered together near the U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh

Petitioning at the Ministry of Women's Affairs for the release of Bopha

Petitioning at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs for the release of Bopha

2) Some of our staff also attended the release of a new documentary about the efforts of the Cambodian sex worker’s union to challenge trafficking laws in Cambodia to not name sex workers as victims, but allow them to pursue the work of their choice without discrimination.

3) The Women’s Voices, Women’s Choices radio team also organized for over 70 participants from Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, and Kampong Speu to join together to celebrate women and publically address key issues such as health, migration, trafficking, livelihood, and political participation in regards to the interest of women. The goal of the event was to urge attendees to work to disseminate the information

WV WC participants gathered to learn about women’s issues

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WV WC participants joining to march for women’s rights.

Strey Khmer hopes that all of our readers also celebrated International Women’s Day, we are hopeful that 2013 will bring more positive change for women across the globe!

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“Women’s Political Participation at the National Level”

Last week our program manager, Polet, participated in a workshop hosted by Women for Prosperity. The panel showcased stories from indigenous people,  Members of Parliament, and various female leaders.

Participants shared the struggles and triumphs they experienced during the process of  joining politics at the national level.

The main takeaways were:

1) Leaders in all political parties should work to help promote women to high leadership roles within politics.

2) Elected female leaders have a great responsibility to help their people. They should work to learn what their communities need and find ways to address these issues.

3) Elected leaders top priorities should include: health, land security, and alleviation of poverty.

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