Our drop-in center provides counseling, emotional support and free referrals to local health and human services.
Open to: All women with or without an appointment.
Why it’s important: Providing women and girls with access to information and knowledge is the most effective method of empowerment. We offer a safe place where women, girls and their families can visit to seek support, share concerns, ask questions and receive free referrals to the many services available to women in Siem Reap.
Parent Talks Workshop
Mums and dads join in to discuss how to build healthy relationships and good communication with their children. This workshop covers child-raising and development, discipline, anger management, and the importance of child play and affection.
Open to: All parents, including future parents, either together or individually.
Why it’s important: It’s up to Cambodian mothers and fathers to make better lives for their children. One workshop graduate summed up the situation in Cambodia: “Before, I thought that daughters were not allowed to study. [People] think that study is not important for girls. Now I feel brave.”
Riel Change Financial Literacy Workshop
This workshop provides women with money management skills to enable financial empowerment and security for themselves, their families and their business. It covers expense priorities, goal setting, tracking expenses, savings, and planning for emergencies and risks. This workshop is run in cooperation with our partners at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung e.V.
Open to: Informal-working women who have no access to regular income, employment benefits, health care or financial security/stability.
Why it’s important: Many Cambodian women have limited knowledge, confidence and skills in economic and financial issues. Financial literacy not only increases Cambodian women’s decision-making power in household dynamics (so they don’t always have to be beholden to their husbands), it also increases their ability to support their community.
Women’s Health Workshop
Women learn basic yet essential information about their bodies. This workshop covers family planning, contraception, pregnancy and pre- and post-natal care, safe abortion, anatomy, nutrition, safe sex and sexually transmitted infections.
Open to: Women and girls only, all ages welcome.
Why it’s important: Empowerment means knowing your body and making informed decisions about it. A lack of reproductive health and general health knowledge in Cambodia leads to detrimental situations that can easily be prevented with the right education.
Women's Rights and Gender Workshop
This workshop offers both women and men the chance to learn about domestic violence and it’s impact, as well as gender roles. It covers marital law, divorce, child and property settlement and gender equality.
Open to: Women and men.
Why it’s important: Cambodian women need to know their rights and the processes that ensure their rights are being respected. Domestic violence is too common here and our law program focuses heavily on rights related to a safe home and, if needed, a fair divorce.
This workshop is currently being re-designed.
Outreach (School) Workshops
We have partnered with a local school in Wat Chork in Siem Reap province to provide education around alcohol awareness and peer pressure, domestic violence awareness, gender roles (equity and equality), and multimedia.
Open to: Girls and boys in Grades 8 and 9.
Why it’s important: Educating and empowering Cambodia’s youth leads to a better understanding of their sexual health and gender roles, helping them to respect women and live more equitable lives.
Outreach (Village) Workshops
Working with Commune and Village Chiefs, we run informal education workshops in the villages that address community needs and struggles. Topics include safe migration, domestic violence awareness, alcohol awareness, women’s health, parent talks (positive parenting), gender roles (equity and equality), and financial literacy.
Topics are chosen depending on the needs and struggles of that particular commune or village. This information is found through community research.
Open to: members of the community selected by the Commune and/or Village Chief
Why it’s important: village workshops are a great way to extend our support beyond our center and ensure both community leaders and parents, especially mothers, pass on good habits to their children.