NGO aims to support victims of domestic violence

NGO aims to support victims of domestic violence

TOMORROW night will see an evening of fine food, wine and fashion in support of Hagar Cambodia, an NGO which helps survivors of domestic violence to build a new life.

A host of Phnom Penh businesses have sponsored the event at Hagar Catering, which will feature survivors of abuse telling their compelling stories of transformation.

“Together we want to raise the awareness to start the end of the cycle of violence against women in Cambodia – first, by breaking the silence around the issue and second, by breaking the cycle of abuse,” said one of the event’s organisers.

Tomorrow night’s event is believed to be Cambodia’s first to mark White Ribbon Day, a United Nations-sponsored occasion promoting the elimination of violence against women on November 25. Those showing support wear a white ribbon.

The evening will feature a fashion show by local designer Sar Chantoh and accessories designed by Lili Perles. Food will be provided by Hagar Catering and music by Bite Productions.

Hagar’s clients have come from many frightening situations. “One day, my husband hit me until I was unconscious and I ended up in the hospital. Then I came to Hagar. Today, I am strong and happy in my life. I have a job and my children are studying at school. My life has been transformed,” says one survivor.

Testimonials and guest speakers during the evening will highlight their stories.

One hundred percent of ticket sales will go directly to support the work of Hagar Cambodia.

Orchid Day, Cambodia’s White Ribbon Day, is just the start of a long-term journey. One that will lead to an annual national event that will mobilise the necessary tools to end violence against women.

For more information on how Hagar helps women and children rebuild their lives with new skills and confidence, visit hagarcambodia.org.

White Ribbon Day was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of one man’s massacre of 14 women in Montreal.

The campaign urges men to speak out against violence against women.

When: Wednesday, November 17, 7pm.

Where: Hagar Catering, 23 Street 288,  Phnom Penh.

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