Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW) is delighted to announce its 10th year since its establishment in 2002. LSCW was founded by Ms Vichuta Ly following a year of research and analysis on conditions afflicting children and women in Cambodian society.
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On October 15th, 2011 the Prime Minister of Cambodia announced a ban on the recruitment, training and sending of domestic workers to Malaysia. This announcement was made following various media and NGO reports of abuses, exploitation and even deaths of Cambodian domestic workers in Malaysia. The key purpose of the ban was to put in place new laws, processes and mechanisms that will ensure safe migration…..
“Gender Sensitivity” is a concept new to Cambodia and is widely misunderstood. It refers to an awareness of socially determined differences between men and women which affect their abilities to access resources, opportunities and benefits.
Our report considers gender sensitivity within the Cambodian legal process, focusing on female victims of rape, domestic violence or trafficking and women involved in divorce proceedings.
The report examines the current situation with regard to gender sensitivity of lawyers and of the courts. It also makes recommendations about how to increase “gender responsiveness”; that is, the implementation of measures to lessen the challenges faced by victims due to gender issues.
We will continue pursuing our objectives:
- to prevent violence and abuse against women and children in Cambodia
- to ensure that perpetrators of violence and abuse against women and children are held accountable within the criminal justice system and under the rule of law.
- to work towards the elimination of trafficking in persons and the exploitation of migrants
- to train and build the capacity of civil society and citizens in relation to law enforcement, counter-trafficking and safe, legal migration
- to provide technical support to government institutions and partners
- to develop constructive partnerships and networks with other civil society organisations, both within Cambodia and across its regional neighbours;
- to be an active participant in national, regional and international efforts to counter trafficking and to protect the human rights of migrants
- to train Cambodian law students (including lawyers and legal assistants) and to build their capacity to support our target groups.
We aim to achieve this by:
- Making people aware of their legal rights and their entitlement to pursue justice through the courts
- Providing free legal advice and representing the most vulnerable victims of abuse and exploitation
- Advocating for women’s and children’s rights at all levels
- Advocating for the needs of migrants in the South-East Asia region
- Educating those in positions of authority on the needs of victims of crime and migrants, and how best to support them.
- Working with the government and civil society to develop policy and practice for a strong and sustainable legal system.
This diagram demonstrates the targeted areas of our program; Legal and Safe Migration
We have extensively travelled around Cambodia to ensure certain provinces, chosen from our research, have the support needed.
LSCW has conducted a number of workshops and awareness-raising seminars. One of our first workshops, addressing premature marriage, domestic violence, trafficking and related law, was held in Banteay Meanchey province in 2003. However today, workshops are being conducted in many provinces so that these problems are recognised all over Cambodia. Although we are based in Phnom Penh and have an office in Kampot, we are currently active in the following provinces:- Kampong Cham, Kandal, Prey Veng, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampot, Kampong Thom and Koh Kong.
For trafficking cases, we are active in 24 provinces in Cambodia.
Members of the following national and regional forums:
The LSCW team aims to achieve and foster cooperation and collaboration among NGOs, international organisations, UN agencies, governments and civil society actors, both at the national and regional levels, in an effort to find solutions to the problems existing in Cambodia today.
LSCW provides legal assistance and support to victims through trained Cambodian lawyers, and continued research into conditions affecting women and children and Cambodian migrant workers. It is hoped that this work will enable the raising of awareness of the target group, and the building of capacity of those in need.