“Girl & her brother” was selected to be exhibited alongside 9 other photos exploring human rights themes in a competition held by The Ritzy as part of their Human Rights Film Festival. The exhibition is on at Upstairs @ The Ritzy until 22nd March 2013.
Theme: Women’s Rights
“Girl & her brother” – Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) Community Centre, Steung Meanchey, Phnom Penh.
With sex trafficking and domestic abuse rife in Cambodia, especially in desperately poor communities such as Steung Meanchey; CCF and its community centre are a sanctuary to this girl and her brother. The education and care they provide give her the opportunity to thrive beyond the borders of the rubbish dump she lives beside and escape the cycle of poverty and abuse that consumes this area. Girls who have been under CCF’s wing for a number of years are growing into women imbued with worth and self belief; ready to take an active role in Cambodian society. Determined not to be victims of their past, they are role models of their community and many that I spoke to said their first wish was to give back to their community as they fulfill their dreams of becoming lawyers, teachers, leaders in government. I was left with no doubt that many of these girls will be game changers in Cambodia’s future.
In a society that still experiences a high level of gender discrimination and gender based violence, CCF’s work in this small corner of Cambodia is vital in helping to slowly change the perception of women in Cambodian society. As their website states “At CCF, we see Cambodian women and girls as a pathway to a better future for an impoverished country. The girls we work with are not defined by their past – they are powerful role models and Cambodia’s future leaders.”
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