Empowering Women for A Sustainable Future

Empowerment of Cambodian girls and women through economic initiatives and advocacy

© Banteay Srei

DCA Cambodia

The Issue

Despite the Cambodian government’s efforts to address gender-based violence (GBV) through national policies and international conventions, GBV remains a serious issue, impacting women and girls’ health, well-being, and economic security.

Studies show a high prevalence of intimate partner violence, with many cases unreported, and women facing social pressures to stay silent. The COVID-19 pandemic worsened the situation by limiting the resources needed to sustain livelihoods, making girls and women more vulnerable. The pandemic contributed to increased poverty, unemployment, and GBV. Climate change also affects agriculture, leading to migration.

The Project

The project aims at empowering Cambodian girls and women to take action in addressing social issues as well as contributing to addressing gender-based violence and promoting gender equality at the community level. Recognizing the importance of economic empowerment, the project centers on building knowledge around entrepreneurial skills, business development plans and marketing.

Furthermore, the project seeks to strengthen legal enforcement and the allocation of resources to address social issues, including GBV, as these are crucial for sub-national authorities. Consultation with communities and NGOs is essential for effective policy development. Partnerships between women-focus NGOs like Banteay Srei (BS) can help build community capacity, advocate for social protection schemes, and influence policy changes to better support vulnerable groups.

Mrs. Top Han, pig farmer and member of a producer group in Taprok village in Siem Reap province

The Results

The project seeks to free vulnerable women and their families’ lives from violence through changed social norms and enhanced economic status in targeted communities. As the project is still in its implementation phase, there are no reported results yet.

Our Work

DCA’s efforts to empower girls and women in Cambodia supports our general goal of building resilient communities. Furthermore, empowerment-projects as this also increase economic resilience.

About the project

Full title: Women Economics Empowerment through Sustainable Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation

Period: January 2024 – December 2026

Partner: Banteay Srei

Funding: 1,405,790 DKK

People reached: 1,260 direct beneficiaries and 7,260 indirect beneficiaries

Main Donors: Danida

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