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  • Organisation

    KHEN is a Cambodian non-government, not-for-profit, non-political, non-religious, equal opportunity, a child-safe organisation focusing on education and child rights in rural Battambang Province. KHEN is a local NGO and certified Child Safe Organization based in Battambang Province, Cambodia. They work to promote child rights, accessible, inclusive and quality education and protection of vulnerable children, so that they can develop to their full potential. KHEN#s approach is rights-based inclusive development in partnership with target beneficiaries. KHEN focuses on those most vulnerable # the poor, the remote, those with disabilities, those from minority groups, and girls/women. KHEN’s mission is to work with children and their communities in rural and remote areas of Battambang province to ensure that the rights of all children are fulfilled through access to quality and comprehensive education for a better life. KHEN’s value is to support communities to develop healthy, safe, and secure environments, with access to education for all children, so they can develop to their full potential. In all KHEN’s work, we are guided by our core values of responsiveness, quality, collaboration, and accountability.

    • Organisation

      KHEN is a Cambodian non-government, not-for-profit, non-political, non-religious, equal opportunity, a child-safe organisation focusing on education and child rights in rural Battambang Province. KHEN is a local NGO and certified Child Safe Organization based in Battambang Province, Cambodia. They work to promote child rights, accessible, inclusive and quality education and protection of vulnerable children, so that they can develop to their full potential. KHEN#s approach is rights-based inclusive development in partnership with target beneficiaries. KHEN focuses on those most vulnerable # the poor, the remote, those with disabilities, those from minority groups, and girls/women. KHEN’s mission is to work with children and their communities in rural and remote areas of Battambang province to ensure that the rights of all children are fulfilled through access to quality and comprehensive education for a better life. KHEN’s value is to support communities to develop healthy, safe, and secure environments, with access to education for all children, so they can develop to their full potential. In all KHEN’s work, we are guided by our core values of responsiveness, quality, collaboration, and accountability.

    • Project

      Based on learning reflection and impact from previous Voice-funded project, “Rising Up!” project is designed with aims to strengthen the capacity of the Women with Disability Leadership, Advocacy and Network (WWD-LAN) to be stronger with effective work to represent their rightsholder group of women disability in Cambodia. This is the first women with disability movement in Cambodia that intend to continue building their leadership and advocacy skills for their existing member and beyond. Their dream is to officially register this women with disability network as an organization and a platform to address the issues of women with disabilities and hold duty bearers accountable. Their approaches to reach their dream, firstly; they expect to engage more women with disability members, widening its reach include women with disabilities from across other rightsholder groups (Elderly, LGBTQI and indigenous communities). Secondly, enhancing the network’s existing bank of knowledge and skills to increase their confidence to advocate for the rights of women with disabilities in access to healthcare services, particularly on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), mental health, and Gender-Based Violence (GBV). And, finally, continue building strategic alliances and productive partnerships with local and government agencies, CSOs and NGOs, as a way of ensuring the most effective representation for its rightsholder groups and access to a comprehensive set of services. This project 24 months project is expected to implement in Takeo and Battambang provinces but not limited to their networking members from 17 provinces.

  • Project

    Based on learning reflection and impact from previous Voice-funded project, “Rising Up!” project is designed with aims to strengthen the capacity of the Women with Disability Leadership, Advocacy and Network (WWD-LAN) to be stronger with effective work to represent their rightsholder group of women disability in Cambodia. This is the first women with disability movement in Cambodia that intend to continue building their leadership and advocacy skills for their existing member and beyond. Their dream is to officially register this women with disability network as an organization and a platform to address the issues of women with disabilities and hold duty bearers accountable. Their approaches to reach their dream, firstly; they expect to engage more women with disability members, widening its reach include women with disabilities from across other rightsholder groups (Elderly, LGBTQI and indigenous communities). Secondly, enhancing the network’s existing bank of knowledge and skills to increase their confidence to advocate for the rights of women with disabilities in access to healthcare services, particularly on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), mental health, and Gender-Based Violence (GBV). And, finally, continue building strategic alliances and productive partnerships with local and government agencies, CSOs and NGOs, as a way of ensuring the most effective representation for its rightsholder groups and access to a comprehensive set of services. This project 24 months project is expected to implement in Takeo and Battambang provinces but not limited to their networking members from 17 provinces.

  • Results

    Leaving no one behind 

    The “Rising up” project strengthened the capacity of the Women with Disability Leadership, Advocacy and Network (WWD-LAN) to effectively represent and raise voices of Women with Disability (WWD) in Cambodia. 

    During the implementation of the project, WWD-LAN has gained trust from People with Disabilities (PWD) and WWD, enabling them to share their challenges and issues around self-confidence and abuses that happen to them. In addition, connections were made with organisations to share these challenges and issues and then open perspectives on accessing self-development opportunities, mental wellness, and other solutions and interventions. Furthermore, based on regular meetings and collaborating with commune councils, PWD and WWD challenges and issues have been integrated into community plans and intervention activities. Most notably, PWD were included when setting agendas for distributing COVID-19 prevention materials. 

    As one of the key interventions of the project, 14 radio talk shows were successfully conducted on the Facebook page of WWD and via radio (FM102). The program “Hear the Unheard” was found by key stakeholders to be a significant and useful program, bringing to the table the challenges and issues faced by PWD and especially WWD in their communities. The program brought together duty bearers, PWD and other key stakeholders to share and discuss these challenges and issues. In addition, an online training on communication technology was organised to build the capacity of WWD to be able to familiarise themselves with the context of using communication technology to stay connected. This use of online technology led to increased participation of WWD in meetings by breaking down the distance barriers among them. WWD can now participate from a distance and keep communicating internally and externally using online technology (Zoom). A video on the impact of project implementation has also been produced. 

    WWD-LAN looks to maintain and strengthen the promotion of WWD’s rights, needs, and issues on social media, reaching many PWD and WWD from diverse backgrounds and communities. This involves working on promoting their physical and mental wellness, including local authorities’ responses to physical and mental violence against PWD. The project already increased participation and representation of WWD at the national level, but having the network officially registered as a local CSO with the Ministry of Interior was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the network will continue to strengthen cooperation with other women networks and promoting disability inclusion to other organisations. 

    Both local communities and authorities becoming aware of how the project contributed and supported WWD to become empowered and live their lives with hope. Most notably, members from 2 different target provinces (Takeo and Battambang) have been recognised by local authorities and project stakeholders in their target areas. 

    Voice documentary and promotional video: 

    WWD-LAD participated in Voice Linking and Learning activities: https://www.facebook.com/thislifecambodia/videos/355675355654129 

    Radio talk show “Hear the Unheard”: 

    https://www.facebook.com/wwdlan/photos/pcb.372914724088710/372914667422049/ 

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