Mobile App Combats Gender Violence in Cambodia

Collection with 13 media items created by Ana Salvá

Cambodia 31 Mar 2015 00:00

Three women have received funding and technological support from the Asia Foundation to develop mobile applications in order to raise awareness of domestic violence in Cambodia and open the door for women who want to report abuses by mobile phone. According to the organization, 93.7% of Cambodians currently have a phone.

Sum Dany’s application is the first under development. "There will be four videos. One will give an explanation of the meaning of violence. Another will explain the risks faced by women and girls. The third will show the laws of violence and victims’ protection that can help them. Finally, the fourth will explain how traditional conduct discriminates against women. Some recommendations will be made. Then there will be a game with questions about gender violence”, she says.

22% of Cambodian women claim to have suffered from physical, sexual or emotional abuse from their husbands. 5% of Cambodian men have participated in at least one gang rape, one of the highest percentages of countries in Asia. Moreover, 38.4% of Cambodian men who committed an act of sexual aggression did not suffer any consequences for doing so.

Some women are discouraged from reporting the facts to the authorities out of fear they will not be believed. They consider going forward to the police a useless means of seeking justice. Worse, it could even worsen the situation by putting them in danger of retaliation, shame and the loss of reputation within their communities.

In cases of rape or abuse, the most common solution is to settle in court or employ the traditional code of conduct taught to girls in school that teaches them to remain silence in view of their husbands’ abuse. “Women in many cases are compensated with money. They are asked to keep quiet or leave home when their husband is angry”, says Dany. This code was removed from school curriculums in 2007 but its influence continues to be taught outside the classroom. 96.2% of Cambodian men and 98.5% of its women still think a woman should obey her husband.

Changing attitudes, whether online or in schools, is one of the basic tasks needed to break the silence imposed by Cambodian society on its women and girls.

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Women Gender Sexual Violence Cambodia Human Rights Technology

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Sum Dany 01
Phnom Penh
By Ana Salvá
20 Apr 2015

Sum Dany is part of a three-woman team developing a first-of-its-kind mobile application to raise awareness and report cases of domestic abuse in Cambodia.

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Sum Dany 02
Phnom Penh
By Ana Salvá
20 Apr 2015

Sum Dany and Phat Sreytouch talk at a conference dedicated to women's rights and social media about their application. The two are part of a three-woman team developing a first-of-its-kind mobile application to raise awareness and report cases of domestic abuse in Cambodia.

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User Testing
Phnom Penh
By Ana Salvá
20 Apr 2015

Phat Sreytouch conducts a user test on an application she and two other women are developing, dedicated to improving the social situation of women in her country.

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Cambodian Woman 01
Cambodia
By Ana Salvá
27 Feb 2015

Kraen and her husband have reconciled after a group therapy. Divorce is difficult to achieve in Cambodia. "I asked for divorce several times, but he did not agree," she says.

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Cambodian Woman 02
Cambodia
By Ana Salvá
27 Feb 2015

Suy began drinking and beating his wife after the death of his daughter

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Cambodian Woman 03
Cambodia
By Ana Salvá
27 Feb 2015

Ey was shouted daily by her husband and did not report abuse.

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Cambodian Woman 04
Cambodia
By Ana Salvá
27 Feb 2015

Ey working outside his home in the province of Tboung Khmom

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Cambodian Woman 05
Cambodia
By Ana Salvá
27 Feb 2015

Ey and her husband earn less than two dollars a day. He uses to spend all the money on alcohol and yelling to her when they had nothing to eat. She was so desperate that began to hit their children. "I tore the branches of trees and beat them. Sometimes I threw them my own shoes, but did not want to hurt them" she says.

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Cambodian Woman 06
Cambodia
By Ana Salvá
27 Feb 2015

Kraen endured daily beatings from her alcoholic husband without reporting, even when provoked inflammation of the head and wounds.

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Animation 01
Tbong Khmum
By Ana Salvá
08 Apr 2015

The mobile app uses simple animations to illustrate situations in the everyday lives of women.

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Tbong Khmum
By Ana Salvá
08 Apr 2015

The mobile app uses simple animations to illustrate situations in the everyday lives of women.

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Animation 03
Tbong Khmum
By Ana Salvá
08 Apr 2015

The mobile app uses simple animations to illustrate situations in the everyday lives of women.

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Animation 04
Tbong Khmum
By Ana Salvá
08 Apr 2015

The mobile app uses simple animations to illustrate situations in the everyday lives of women.