CWDA is an indigenous, non-profit, non-government organisation with a strong feminist agenda. It grew out of the dissolved Phnom Penh Municipality Women’s Association in May 1993 after accreditation by the Supreme National Council.
CWDA is dedicated to promoting the self-reliant development of disadvantaged Cambodian communities and to the advancement of women’s and children’s rights. CWDA seeks to empower women through collective organisation, personal development, skills training, access to resources and advocacy on their behalf. CWDA facilities the active participation of grassroots women in awareness-raising activities on women’s issues, creating favourable local environments for women’s forums and activities.
Research and advocacy projects are also undertaken in support of specific objectives regarding the protection of women’s and children’s rights. For example CWDA has conducted research together with the Cambodian Prostitutes’ Union on Human Rights abuses of prostitutes in Toul Kork. The survey was significant because it was done by the women concerned themselves. It was a rare study that was done by, not about, prostitutes and their lives, working conditions, suffering in the hands of police and clients. The women themselves made recommendations to the government and to society about what should be done to improve their situation.
Address: No. 19, Street 242, Boeung Prolit, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh Cambodia
Tel: +855 23 210 449 Fax: +855 23 210 487