International Women’s Day, which occurs on 8 March each year, is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. As a women’s empowerment organisation, this is a particularly important day for CARE. To mark International Women’s Day 2016, CARE is launching a new video animation on sexual harassment.
The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day in Cambodia is Step It Up for Gender Equality. One of CARE’s key focus areas is supporting women and girls to exercise their right to a life free from violence. CARE believes that for women and men to be equal in Cambodia, we need to work together to stop sexual harassment.
CARE’s research has shown that people often view lack a clear definition of what constitutes sexual harassment and that many women view this as something they just have to ‘deal with’, particularly in some professions. This led CARE to produce a short, animated infographic explaining what sexual harassment is and why it is important for everyone to say this will not be tolerated in their home, workplace or community.
The video was launched on the Safe Community Forum facebook page, which aims to engage with young people in Cambodia – particularly men – on issues of gender equality and preventing gender-based violence. The animation will also be screened at UN Women’s film festival to mark International Women’s Day.
This video continues the ‘Sexual Harassment Stops Here!' campaign, which was launched by CARE during the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women at the end of 2015. The campaign encourages people to act as role models within communities to stop sexual harassment and gender-based violence.
CARE's work to end violence against women in Cambodia is funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and the Australian Government.