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Regional Programme

Joint Women’s Programme:
RWP - Cambodia SCM

“Women in Cambodia in the Context of Globalization,
Migration and HIV/AIDS: Challenges and Hopes”

October 24-27, 2007

SCMers joined young women from Cambodia and both played
active role in the Regional Women’s Programme in the Context of
Globalization, Migration and HIV/AIDS held there last October.
Not only women were involved but young men as well.

The RWP-SCM JWP was held from October 24-27, 2007 at the Cambodia Student Christian Mission (CSCM) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the theme, “Women in Cambodia in the Context of Globalization, Migration and HIV/AIDS: Challenges and Hopes.” 24 participants both female and male students, senior friends from CSCM, Kampuchea Christian Council (KCC), Initiative for Change Association (ICA), Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), participated.

The intent of the programme were: to create awareness among the students of the impact of Globalisation, Migration and HIV/AIDS from women’s perspectives and critically analyze the emerging forces; expose them to the realities of the suffering masses in Cambodia—Biblical reflection from the perspectives of women; develop network with the likeminded women’s groups—form a women’s group to strengthen women’s leadership in CSCM and in Cambodian society.

The topics and resource persons of the program were: Women and Globalization: A Critical Analysis of Socio-Political, Cultural and Economic situation in the context of Cambodia which was dealt by Mark Channsitha from the Asia-Pacific Action in Cambodia; Gender based violence and HIV/AIDS by Pauv Ponnary from the Kampuchea Christian Council (KCC); Female Labor Migration in Cambodia by Prok Vanny of UNIFEM Cambodia; Gender Sensitivity workshop by Sunita Suna, Regional Women’s coordinator of WSCF AP; and Bible Study by Kim Houn, Coordinator Students’ Fellowship, Cambodia.

The resource persons helped the participants to understand the Cambodian society by bringing a critique of the emerging forces, especially globalisation, migration, trafficking, and the growing concern on HIV/AIDS. Collectively they said that Cambodia is an example of the negative impact of globalization/unjust economic systems—and the Cambodian women are the prime victims of these emerging forces.

Apart from the input the participants went for an exposure to PTEA TEUK DONG (Street Families Centre) in Battambang province, Cambodia. This centre is a place for homeless families and the young women who have experienced physical sexual violence at home, school and in the community. The director of the centre Prak Sokhany spoke to the group and explained the issue and challenges. The group also visited the place and had interaction with the victims.

At the end of the programme, a small group comprising of 5 women was formed to do the follow activities and strengthen the women leadership in CSCM in collaboration with other like-minded women’s group in Cambodia.