A photography competition highlighting the persistent problem of violence against women in Cambodia is extending the deadline for submissions for one week until November 15.
Created by the Siem Reap NGO Women’s Resource Centre (WRC), the competition Violence Against Women Is Never OK, calls on photographers to submit images expressing their understanding of what it means to be a Cambodian woman affected by violence.
A 2013 United Nations study on men and violence in Asia found that 25 per cent of Cambodian women have experienced physical or sexual violence, or both, from an intimate partner.
A separate UNICEF study in the same year reported that more than half of the Cambodian women surveyed had experienced sexual violence before they turned 18.
“We really want to address the lack of education and awareness surrounding violence against women,” said Pisey Khim, managing director at WRC. “We hope to portray multiple viewpoints on this issue so that understanding the message that violence against women is never OK is more accessible to more people.”
Sixteen finalists will be chosen from among the submissions, and their images exhibited in the Royal Gardens in Siem Reap from November 25 until December 10, coinciding with UN Women’s 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women.
The winner of the competition will be announced at the closing event on December 10.
For more details: facebook.com/wrccambodia.