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Cambodia: 21 NGOs renew call for govt. to address gender-based violence at work

"NGOs renew call on gender-based violence at work", 2 December 2019

NGOs renewed their call to the government to resolve 11 concerns regarding gender-based violence at work and the protection of workers’ fundamental freedoms and rights.

In a joint statement …, 21 local civil society organisations called on various government ministries and institutions to act in response to women’s needs. The call was a part of the 16-day Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. The NGOs said they had already petitioned the government twice – during International Women’s Day … and International Labour Day … – but the issues have remained unresolved.

Among the 11 points raised are the inclusion of nurseries in the workplace and community-based kindergarten facilities in every commune; a one-stop service centre for victims of domestic violence; implementation of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention on Violence and Harassment at work; reforming the modes of transportation for workers in the textile, garment and footwear sectors; and having a minimum wage-setting mechanism to protect domestic workers…

They also called for the government to provide social protection for street vendors; strengthen protection mechanisms for migrant workers; set a minimum wage and gratuities for workers in the tourism and construction sectors; strengthen the implementation of the law in relation to land disputes; and increase the respect, protection and promotion of trade union rights through amendments to the Law on Trade Unions…

The president of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation, Ou Tep Phallin, said … that the petitions submitted by the NGOs have not been acted upon…