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This year as every year, we celebrate the International Women’s Day for residents in shelters aiming at empoweringand raising awareness of the in-centered residents about their fundamental rights as stated in the Cambodia Institution, Chapter 3, article 31 as saying: “The Kingdom of Cambodia recognizes and respects human rights as enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human rights and all the treaties and conventions related to human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.”

Tinara*, an 18-year old girl whose mother is presently an entertainment worker at Phnom Penh’s Toul Kork district one day visited AFESIP Clinic and counseled by a counselor. After a full concentration and being inspired on good services provided by AFESIP Cambodia center, Tinara wanted to visit the center in Phnom Penh to see how she can adapt the environment with her own eyes. Our outreach staff took her and other entertainment women to visit the center. She was warmly welcomed by center staff. After a tour around the center, showing all activities implemented by different units, she finally told our staff: “I love to stay here” and she further said she loved hairdressing skill as it is a good choice for her future. Her mother is happy with her daughter’s decision and thanks AFESIP Cambodia for its great work.     

After a 3-day training workshop on “Mental Health and Gender-based violence”, co-organized by AFESIP Cambodia and Health and Human Rights Info (HHRI), held on 25-27 February  2014, now come to a successful and fruitful end. It is noted that the workshop was participated by AFESIP and NGOs staff who work directly and closely with victims of human trafficking, rapes and domestic violence such as TPO (Transcultural Project Organization); Cambodia ACTs (Cambodia Against Child Trafficking); CWCC (Cambodia Women Crisis Center); CWDA (Cambodian Women Development Association); Banteay Srei; Chhouk Sar Association; SISHA (Anti-Human Trafficking and Exploitation Organisation); and SKK (Sangkrous Kumar Kampuchea).

AFESIP Cambodia and Health and Human Rights Info (HHRI) have co-organized a training workshop on Mental Health and Gender-based violence, taken place from 25 to 27 February 2014 in Phnom Penh. AFESIP Cambodia has invited a number of NGO partners to join the workshop, such as Transcultural Project Organization (TPO), Cambodia ACTs, Cambodian Women Development Association (CWDA), Cambodia Women Crisis Center (CWCC), Banteay Srei, Chhouk Sar Association, SISHA and SKK ( Sangkrous Komar Kampuchea) and AFESIP staff members totalizing 31 trainees. The training workshop is funded by HHRI and trained by HHRI trainers namely Dr. Nora Sveaass and Ms. Helen Christie, Clinical Psychologists and Ms. Doris Drews, Psychologist.

Mr. Sao Chhoeurth delivers a speech about AFESIP activities and welcomes Norwegian guests.

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