Toul Kork restaurant to host campaign event on sexual harassment

Heng Saray 1 restaurant in Toul Kork, Phnom Penh, will be hosting an event this Friday evening to promote prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. Beer promoters working at Heng Saray 1 will be asking customers to say “Sexual harassment stops here!” and sharing actions to help shift the blame away from women.

The event is one of a number taking place across Cambodia to mark the global 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women, coordinated in Cambodia by UN Women. This year, CARE’s activities aim to raise awareness of sexual harassment and provide three simple actions people can take to ensure that women are not blamed for harassment but instead have the confidence to report this.

Customers in the Heng Saray 1 restaurant will be offered stickers and postcards with these messages. They will also be given a choice of three cards: ‘Listen’, ‘Support’ or ‘Report’. The cards encourage people to listen without judgment, show women support and report incidents to the relevant authorities—all actions which help to create an environment where sexual harassment is viewed as unacceptable behaviour.

Traditional gender norms in Cambodia often prevent victims of violence from seeking assistance. CARE’s research has found that many women in Phnom Penh would be concerned about reporting sexual harassment for fear of being blamed—worrying that people would say the harassment was their fault because of their behaviour.1 The new campaign aims to show that sexual harassment is not a woman’s fault and that everyone has a responsibility to take action to say that sexual harassment is not acceptable.

Members of the Solidarity Association of Beer promoters in Cambodia (SABC) will be sharing messages and answering questions about the campaign. The restaurant will also feature a large banner with the fictional character ‘Chanda’. Customers will be encouraged to take photos and post to social media to join the online campaign at the Safe Community Forum facebook page.

Heng Saray 1 restaurant started working with CARE last year when it signed up to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs’ Non-Violent Workplace Initiative. SABC has been sharing information with workers, employers and customers in the entertainment industry since 2009.

These activities will take place at Heng Saray 1 restaurant on Friday 4 December from 7-9pm. Media are invited to attend; please contact CARE in advance.

For further information, please contact: Jenny Conrad, Communications Advisor, jenny.conrad@careint.org (English) or Rany Koeut, Technical Advisor for Safe Workplaces, Safe Communities, Sokharany.koeut@careint.org (Khmer).

CARE is an international development organisation fighting global poverty with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring sustainable changes to their communities. CARE was founded in 1945 and has been working with Cambodians since 1973. CARE works with hundreds of thousands of people in Cambodia every year, particularly women who have migrated to urban areas, women and girls from ethnic minorities and rural women who are denied multiple rights. CARE has been working to end violence against women in Cambodia for more than a decade with funding from the Australian Government and the UN Trust Fund to End VIolence Against Women.

The 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Women is an annual global campaign, which starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and continues until International Human Rights Day on 10 December. In Cambodia, UN Women, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and many other organisations join together to raise awareness of ending violence against women. Further information about events in Cambodia is available at www.16days.info.

[1] Safe Workplace, Safe Communities Baseline: Perceptions of sexual harassment in and around the workplace (October 2014), p.18.

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