ActionAid Australia, in partnership with ActionAid Cambodia and the Intrepid Foundation, supported women in Cambodia to campaign against gender-based violence in public spaces. This campaign involved a range of creative awareness-raising and movement-building activities to demand public services that are more responsive to women’s needs, promoted a zero tolerance attitude towards violence against women, and built a strong local movement that connects women in Cambodia to a global campaign against sexual violence in public spaces.
With support from the Intrepid Foundation, we supported women from vulnerable communities, including garment workers, LGBTIQ people, sex workers, entertainment workers, as well as activists and university students, to mobilise. Women hit the streets to campaign against sexual harassment, and worked to secure billboards promoting messages against gender-based violence. We also supported women to lead a range of other creative campaigning activities, like using art and performance to discuss how systems of patriarchy and capitalism work to oppress and abuse women’s bodies, labour, and mobility.
This project also included workshops for women’s groups, local authorities, Ministries, and Parliament to discuss Gender Responsive Public Services.
Through this project, women have undertook feminist leadership training, and coordinated outreach meetings in six areas of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Feminists from across the region came together to share stories about their work and activism, and women leaders attended the third Asia Pacific Feminist Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand.