Advocacy with local authority at Preah Sihanouk province, 15 September, 2015

In order to promote women’s participation in the development of the commune and political work increasingly MIRO had done a workshop on promote women’s participation in the development of the commune and political work. In addition after finish this workshop MIRO’s staffs have to make interview with the local authorities related to : general situations, of each community, problem and solution, service fee that provide to people, khmer krom’s census, legal document service, percentage of people who go to vote, the strategies for encourage women to participate in public and politic work and other important point.

Ms. Khuon Savon sangkat chiefs of sangkat No.4 ,Sihanouk Ville said that:

– In sangkat No.4 we have 5418 families with a total of 24866 people, including 12383 women who were multi-national Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Cham and Khmer Krom. People have diverse occupations such as fishing, seafood farmers and plantation, officials and traders, have a poor settlement and employment uncertainty.

– Related to security issues order, such as theft looting, gangster, were decreases due in chief of sangkat No.4 has a divided duty stationed at night, so the member of commune councils were all join together both men and women, when problems happened neighborhood has cooperated with the police authority directly to the scene, although the night, to maintain security and order to the people.  Domestic violence and divorce were decreases because the neighborhood has collaborated with NGOs such as M’Lop Tapang and other NGOs, has been promoting the law against domestic violence, and demonstrate the consequences of divorce make citizens understand and reduce cases of this more and have plans to help the poor children as well.

-Related cost of all services sangkat was announce to people on the meeting , and all service fee was declared to all people by stick at commune/sangkat.

-Khmer Krom living in this sangkat had received an official permit for use, such as Khmer citizens without discrimination.

– About 75% of people were participated on the communal elections in 2012.

-Sangkat Chief was showed about her job history that was participate in social and politics work, she said that, she was elected as chairperson of 3 mandate, since 2008 until now, and she has the skills and experience of administration since 1989.

-For the strategy of enhancing the participation of women in social and political work, she showed that the Sangkat No.4 have cooperating with NGOs organized training courses for women about gender equality, women’s rights ,advocacy …

-Sangkat chiefs have confirmed that the current in the neighborhood was training to women who are capable and willing to join public works: about 20 people to help work in the neighborhood. She wanted women to have the ability to participate in social and political work; she notes that number of sangkat member council should be increase for next mandate, currently have only 3 women among the 11 member sangkat councils.

– At the end sangkat chief suggested MIRO to cooperate with sangkat to provide training for promote women to participate in public and politics works and educate them to understand about advantageous of participate , by organize the training focus on the topics: strengthening  of women to join all decision making, to strengthen knowledge on gender equality, advocacy, women right, administration. Men and family should be cooperating to encouraging and providing opportunities for women too.

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