AFESIP Cambodia 

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(Photo: Reuters)The activist Somaly Mam, 42, was sold, raped and forced into prostitution in a brothel, is helping girls who go through what she went through, she reflects: "Life is love."

In a dialogue with television journalist Ana Pastor in the III Women who change the world, this woman was a sex slave, remember that Sunday when let out of their cages where they were locked up, I missed that someone asked for their status.

So, despite the coldness of her story, who received the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation 1998, check sweetness to advise that "when you see someone suffering on the street, look at them and they will make you feel better."

On the same day when Phnom Penh Tomdy Center held this event, Siem Reap Center led by Mr. Ly Monirath, manager organized this important day as well. The center invited provincial authorities namely Mr. Boeung Pich, Deputy Director of Siem Reap Provincial Department of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation; Mrs. Heng Khoim, Deputy Director of Siem Reap Provincial Women’s Affairs; Major Mr. Mey Vuthy, Vice-Director of Anti-Human Trafficking & Juvenile Protection Office and other local village and commune authorities and NGO representatives from LAC (Legal Aid of Cambodia) and LICADHO to participate. Also attended at the meeting were staff and residents of the center, in all 66 participants.

In close collaboration with Provincial Health Department of Pailin province, the National Center for HIV/AIDS Dermatology and STD (NCHAD) and the Cambodian Women for Peace and Development, AFESIP Pailin Provincial HIV/AIDS branch office brought 121 volunteer entertainment women as target group, and 1 male partners for blood testing conducted from 21 to 25 February 2013. Pailin formerly a town of Battambang province, now Pailin province bordering to Thailand, northwest of Cambodia.

Together with the Health Program celebration, AFESIP Phnom Penh Tomdy Center, on 7 March also organizes the 102nd International Women Day. The aim of this celebration is to in general empower and raise awareness the center’s residents of their fundamental rights.

Participated as panel members at the event are representatives of local authorities and ladies from AFESIP Cambodia. Somaly Mam, Founder and President of AFESIP Cambodia and the Somaly Mam Foundation, members of Voices for Change team and students from Li Po Chun Institute in Hong Kong led by Stella McCracken, the teacher. It is surprisingly noted that newly arrived victims of human trafficking who entered the center after March last year have never experienced this important day as they used to be at the brothels/sex establishments, at the public gardens or in the streets….

The Health Program of AFESIP Cambodia, this year celebrated its 102nd International Women’s Day on 1 March 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It invited 150 entertainment women out of more than 4,000 entertainment women around Phnom Penh municipality where we work with.

Presided over at the ceremony are: Somaly Mam, Founder and President of AFESIP Cambodia and the Somaly Mam Foundation, Ms. Prom Sakhan, Deputy Director of Anti-Human Trafficking and Victims Reintegration Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Ms. Ros Phina, official from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Present at the event as honorable guests were representatives from non-governmental organization partners, such as ECPAT, White Lotus, Hope, CWDA, ADRA and Maryknol. Also attended were Mr. Sao Chhoeurth, AFESIP Cambodia’s Executive Director & CEO, other AFESIP and SMF management, AFESIP Social Workers, Peer Educators and Team of Voices for Change.


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