Ms. Chim Manavy, Executive Director of the Open Institute spoke about gender-based violence (GBV) and how there is a strong connection between violence against women (VAW), poverty and development.
Four training sessions on the use of Ushahidi and collecting data on gender-based violence took place on December 2012 under the Spider project lead by APC member in Cambodia Open Institute. The training was attended by 108 commune/sangkat councilors and members of commune/sangkat committees in charge of women and children from different Cambodian provinces.
An unprecedented achievement for the study and prevention of further violence against women in Cambodia was announced last month with the opening of a Women and Gender Studies Centre in the capital city Phnom Penh.
APC welcomes its new Cambodian member, Open Institute. “We see ourselves as facilitators,” explained Chim Manavy, executive director of the start-up NGO. “We facilitate communication, knowledge-sharing and gender equity through the strategic use of ICT and of the Khmer language”. What this means on the ground, is easy to understand when one takes a look at the track record of OI’s colleagues.