Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twenty-five years later: is Cambodia a better place for children?

By Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative to Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 20 November 2014 — All children have one thing in common: their rights. And by this I mean the right to life, health, education, protection and play. These are all fundamental children’s rights that were acknowledged for the first time on a global scale twenty-five years ago, with a document called the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In this document the world recognised that children are not possessions, but people who have human rights and agreed to protect these rights of our children, the next generation of parents and leaders.

© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Anne-Sophie Galli

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Religious leader in Cambodia campaigns to end violence against children

By Anne-Sophie Galli

© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Anne-Sophie Galli
“I deeply regret what I did to my children,” says Pastor Sreng Sophal seen here praying in his church.

KANDAL, Cambodia, 4 November 2014 – As a former military officer, there was a time when Sreng Sophal had it all: money, power and a group of soldiers who reported to him. At home, if his own children refused to follow his commands, he would beat them. In Sreng Sophal’s world violence was standard. “Beating my children was normal to me – like for most people here”, he said. “I was hit by my dad and he was hit by his parents and teachers.”

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kids Helping Kids Combat Child Abuse

By Rui Nomoto

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia, October 2013 – Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville, five hours by road from Phnom Penh city, is among most beautiful beaches in Cambodia. It attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. Five years ago, 17-year old Sopheak used to work on Ochheuteal beach selling hand-made accessories to tourists to help support her four siblings, sick father and stay-at-home mother. Though she managed to go to school in the morning, every afternoon was spent trying to earn money. “I usually raised five to eight dollars per day,” said Sopheak. “Sometimes I could earn US$15 but often I earned nothing, especially in the rainy season.”

Cambodia launches report of Violence against Children Survey

First-of-its-kind in East Asia and Pacific region

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 24 October 2014 – This week the Government of Cambodia revealed the findings of Cambodia’s Violence against Children Survey 2013 (CVACS). The first survey of its kind in East Asia and Pacific region, the study is significant because it provides the first national estimates of the magnitude and nature of violence experienced by girls and boys in Cambodia.

The survey was conducted in 2013 by the National Institute of Statistics of the Ministry of Planning, led by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation. It was coordinated by UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2,376 children and young people aged 13 from 24 years old from across the country were asked about their experience of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What about boys? Debunking myths about sexual violence against children in Cambodia

By Martina Tomassini

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 22 October 2014 — No, in Cambodia it does not happen to girls and women only: boys too are victims of sexual violence and we need to protect and help them. This is the crystal clear message that transpires from my conversation with Socheat Nong — a soft-spoken 32 year-old social worker, researcher and trainer who works with First Step Cambodia (FSC),one of the few NGOs in Cambodia focusing on the needs of male victims and survivors of sexual abuse.