The Honourable Dr Sharman Stone, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls joined one of CARE’s activities as part of a visit to a Cambodian garment factory this week.
At the factory in Phnom Penh, Dr Stone learned of a number of initiatives under the Australian-funded Partnering to Save Lives, which aims to saves the lives of women and babies in garment factories and in the rural north-east. She had the opportunity to watch part of CARE’s Chat! Contraception drama during the visit, along with 10 young women employed at the factory.
The three episodes of this video series use fictional examples of real-life issues and challenges to engage workers in discussion around contraception and. Video discussion is just one of three ways in which the Chat! Contraception package encourages women to make smart, healthy decisions about their bodies.
CARE’s Chat! Contraception package is now being rolled out in over 28 factories in Cambodia. The drama series – currently available on youtube – is soon be become even more widely available as part of a promotion campaign with ringtone vendors around selected factories.
Having started work in the sector nearly 20 years ago, CARE’s current support to partners in the garment industry includes improving promoting worker health, preventing sexual harassment, furthering women’s financial management skills, and improving worker nutrition.
Partnering to Save Lives (PSL) is a joint partnership between the Australian Government, the Ministry of Health of Cambodia, and three Australian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs): CARE Australia, Marie Stopes International Cambodia (MSIC), and Save the Children Australia. The program aims to save lives of women and babies in the north-east provinces of Cambodia and selected garment factories near Phnom Penh through improving quality access and utilisation of reproductive, maternal and neonatal health (RMNH) services. Under PSL’s work in garment factories, CARE’s interactive engagement with workers complements the work of Marie Stopes International Cambodia with factory infirmaries.