Ms. Nhik Dany, CCWC in Talav Commune and a member of the Gender-Based Violence(GBV) response working group (GBV WG) at Andoung Meas District in Ratanak Kiri Province. Dany is a permanent member of Commune Committee for Women and Children (CCWC) in Talav Commune and a member of the GBV response working group (GBV WG) at Andoung Meas District in Ratanak Kiri Province. She is passionate about her work in providing service for GBV survivors.
She claimed: “I am always ready to provide my services for GBV survivors, and I am more ready to fight for justice for them”.
Dany wants to eliminate traditional reconciliations on domestic violence cases because it cannot stop perpetrators to continue to commit violence. She wants her community live in harmony and without domestic violence.
Previously, Dany could understand her role on mobilising financial
support and coordinating with other services for GBV survivors at the commune level. She had very limited knowledge on other supporting services for GBV survivors. She has received a few severe cases, such as rape and physical violence. Sometimes these cases were reconciled traditionally at the commune level and did not use any laws to protect survivors.
Once she has become a member of GBV WG, she increased knowledge on GBV and skills for working with survivors such as minimum standards of basic counselling, referral guidelines, and attitudes for service providers which helped her to provide better support for survivors. Dany is much more aware of her roles and responsibilities. She is more active in response to the GBV survivors and confident in applying her skills in critical areas including basic counselling of gender-based violence to build rapport and understand their needs.
The success of this engagement with CARE has impacted on the commune level including CCWC, commune police and health centre staff, and now they have greater coordination regarding GBV case referral between agencies at the sub-national level. For difficult cases that is beyond commune support, Dany raises them in the Telegram Group of Andoung Meas GBV WG to solicit immediate support from the district level.
Dany has recognized that “the GBV Working Group is playing an important role to provide a quick response for GBV cases. All working group members as well as service providers are more accountable on their duties and more knowledgeable on case referrals.” She added that “After the COVID-19 Pandemic is over, my GBV WG will be more functional and effective to reduce domestic violence and child marriage,” Dany expressed.