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Thida C. Khus, SILAKAOGF Forum, Oslo, Norway 3-5 October 2011


Introduction to Cambodia 18 years out of two decade of civil war  Population of 14 millions  Likely not meeting all MDGs except MDG 6  Currently undergoes many reforms, including public financial reform  Has adopted gender as an advocacy for national development strategy 

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Project: Women Outreach to Women, WOW Goal to increase women participation in decision making, especially in public office  Work in 9 of 24 provinces in Cambodia  Target women political candidates and women leaders at the sub national level, including women indigenous  Expand to include young women 

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Levels of Public Office

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Approaches of WOW project Empower women activists to reach out to their communities  Direct advocacy with relevant Ministries and political parties  Media campaign  Work with sub national level women leaders to take monitoring and supporting role to women activists 

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Tools: Local Forum, Dialogue and Engagement, and citizen report cards

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Activities implemented Training  Outreach activities to citizen  Day and night Forums  TV spots broadcast  Strengthening of the Women Political Activists network, WPAN  Direct advocacy with Political parties and relevant government ministries  National conference 

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Achievements 

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Number of women counselors at the commune level has increased from 8% in 2002 to 15% in 2007 # of National Parliamentarians increased from 19% to 22% Women appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Vice Governors in all the provinces and districts

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Changes on the ground Project to benefit women are on the commune plan;  Some successful raise funding on their own;  25% of communes contribution to help with community outreach;  # of domestic violence reduced. 

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Challenges ahead Regulation in place to assure women election;  Turn number to quality policy implication for women;  Mainstream political parties agenda;  Monitoring local government 

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