A community event to celebrate International Women’s Day was held with 226 community members in O’mal Commune, Battambang Province on the 6th March 2013. The event celebrated local women’s achievement in developing their communities and local men’s participation in this process and role model families shared their experiences of how to create long-lasting and positive change with their families.
During the event, six Community Facilitators received certificates for their particular achievement in leading their community development process showing leadership skills, transparency, accountability and improved working with local authorities. Community Facilitators shared their experiences with the crowd and urged others to use their right to participate in decision-making processes.
In addition, the staff in Battambang province celebrated with 53 stakeholders. The purpose of the event was to build a closer relationship between relevant stakeholders on working to support women, sharing experiences among each other about their support to women so far and to present six exceptional staff members with certificates for their long-term commitment and professional growth whilst working for Banteay Srei.
By international volunteer Melanie Sheehan, Capacity Development Advisor for Banteay Srei
On Valentines Day, 14th February 2013, Sok Panha, Director of Banteay Srei, and international volunteer Melanie Sheehan went to Freedom Park in Phnom Penh to join One Billion Rising, the largest global action in history calling for an end to violence against women and girls.
The event in Phnom Penh was organised by GADC (Gender and Development for Cambodia), whose Youth Activist group led the dancing to the official One Billion Rising song, “Break the Chain”, which was sung in Khmer.
The crowd also enjoyed a variety of entertainment, including a Korean dance display by Lee Bong Gyo, a hip hop display by children with HIV/Aids from Women Networking, a play about violence against women by Harpswell Foundation’s volunteers, and speeches, including a representative from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
Many of those who attended the event also showed their support for the One Billion Rising campaign by taking part in creating a large mural, which was later displayed for all to see.
Both men and women participated by drawing around their hands in bright colours and writing messages in both Khmer and English demanding action to end violence to women and girls.
Similar events were held in 207 countries on 14th February 2013 as part of the One Billion Rising campaign, which was launched on Valentine’s Day 2012 following research revealing that 1 in 3 women worldwide – one billion women and girls – will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. The campaign continues, visit www.onebillionrising.org