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Living for many years in Asia. (Thailand and Cambodia).
Living before in the center of the Netherlands (Rhenoy-Betuwe).
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Cambodia - Events call for equal rights
Activists and sex workers march in Phnom Penh yesterday to raise
awareness of discrimination against sex workers ahead of International
Women’s Day. United Sisterhood Alliance
Human rights organisations called for an end to discrimination
against women at a raft of events yesterday ahead of today’s
International Women’s Day. .
The Women’s Network for Unity (WNU) organised a march that was joined
by about 70 sex workers and women’s rights activists to raise awareness
about sex workers’ lives and rights, strengthen solidarity and demand
to be free from harm and violence. .
The half-hour march included women from different areas in Phnom
Penh, many of whom carried red umbrellas – an international symbol for
sex workers’ rights, according to Pech Polet, managing director of WNU.
“What they are demanding is that sex work is [recognised as] work, and
sex workers are humans. Sex workers’ rights are women’s rights,” she
Discrimination against sex workers, she said “is getting worse and worse from day to day”, and the death of sex worker Pen Kunthea
“still affects the sex workers today”. Kunthea drowned on January 1
while being chased by security guards in Phnom Penh’s riverside area. .
Boeung Kak lake activists,
meanwhile, celebrated Women’s Rights Day yesterday near the Boeung Kak
mosque, despite an order by the government not to do so. .
“We still did it because it is legal and we don’t do anything against the government,” activist Bov Sophea said. .
She said that more than 200 people came to “ask the government to
respect human rights.” She said they also called on Prime Minister Hun
Sen to release activist Tep Vanny as a “present” for International Women’s Day. .
At an event by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, female rights
activists – including cis- and transgender women – yesterday pointed to
the obstacles they encountered when advocating for labour, environmental
and land rights. Executive director Chak Sopheap said women were often
perceived as “second-class citizens” under Cambodian social norms. .
“Domestic violence and abuse, the exclusion of women from leadership
positions in business, politics and public life, and the widespread
perceptions of women as being weaker than men, are all symptoms of the
same heteropatriarchal system that still rules Cambodia.” .
Though “more and more women are taking up leadership positions, both
in business and public life … more continue to be oppressed,” she said,
pointing to imprisoned activists Vanny and Lim Mony, and drowned sex
worker Kunthea as examples. .
Today, the Cambodian Food and Service Worker Federation (CFSWF) will
hold a workers’ rights event that will highlight women’s rights issues
at work, according to CFSWF vice president Ou Tepphallin. .
She said women faced multiple issues, including having to support
their families and take care of their children and parents while also
working. Moreover, she highlighted that women who worked at karaoke bars
or in restaurants had to work until late at night. When going home, she
said, “they are not feeling safe when they walk, so they need to run”,
because some areas “are dangerous at night”. .
Speeches to highlight the importance of women were also held at the
Senate, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Ministry of Social
Affairs, CMAC and City Hall, where employees will have the day off today
for the holiday.