Banteay Srei is a Cambodian women’s non-governmental organisation (NGO) that empowers vulnerable women to improve their political, economic and psycho-social situation through implementation of community development projects, advocacy work and encouraging men’s participation in addressing issues affecting women.
Banteay Srei is a values-driven organisation, using the following key approaches in its activity design and implementation:
A participatory and rights-based approach to building relationships with target communities
We believe that understanding of rights is central to the empowerment of vulnerable people, giving them the knowledge and tools to find long-term solutions to the issues they face. In addition, we know that effective, sustainable development must be participatory, and so we incorporate the knowledge and opinions of rural people in the planning and management of all our development projects and programmes, using the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) technique.
Working with both men and women to build capacity, confidence and solidarity
Alongside knowledge of their rights, we seek to build the communities’ capacity and confidence to act in support of those rights. We have a particular focus on building women’s capacity and solidarity, but in line with current thinking on gender we recognise the importance of also working directly with men to increase their understanding and capacity to advocate. The end result of the process is women and men who can find and analyse their most crucial community issues and advocate for significant and lasting change.
Empowering communities and promoting women leaders
For over 20 years, we have been working with communities to challenge gender norms and to develop women leaders capable of participating in decision-making processes. By strengthening the capacity of these women leaders, we challenge dominant cultural norms and highlight the ways in which men and women can come together to fight for gender equality.
Strengthening village development structures
Our grass roots development model involves the appointment of capable community facilitators and an understanding of community needs through the PRA process, which combined create solid and long-lasting development structures.
Co-operation and co-ordination with local authorities and networking with relevant organisations and agencies
Development does not happen in isolation. We are constantly advocating with local authorities and relevant organisations and agencies to create an enabling environment for rural development and gender equality.
Read about our four programme areas here.