NGO-CEDAW was founded in 1995 after several Cambodian women activists returned from the Beijing World Conference on Women. NGO-CEDAW has been a nationally registered NGO with Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior since October 21, 2009 with registration number 2587.
NGO-CEDAW’s role is to monitor and promote the implementation of CEDAW in Cambodia and to engage in advocacy following the publication of each NGO Shadow Report. NGO-CEDAW now comprises a coalition of more than 30 NGOs and has significant networks dedicated to the advancement of women. The organization has a strong background in conducting awareness-raising and capacity-building activities for its members. NGO-CEDAW also regularly organizes trainings on CEDAW for students, NGO workers, and officials. NGO-CEDAW has substantial experience in effective program management.
NGO-CEDAW has also established a good relationship with the government. Significant results of such collaboration include the adoption of many of its recommendations into the official CEDAW report and influencing the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in its decision to adopt the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Protection of Victims in 2005 as well as the anti-trafficking law of 2008. Responding to advocacy from NGO-CEDAW, the Ministry of Interior adopted a people-friendly civil registration system. With the prompting of NGO-CEDAW, the National Assembly finally ratified the Optional Protocol on CEDAW in 2010. Recently, NGO-CEDAW worked with the government to recommend amendments to the domestic violence law.
The steering committee (board of directors) is composed of seven to nine members elected for five years by the General Assembly of member NGOs: the chairperson, the vice-chairperson and five to seven members at large. The steering committee has the important role of making decisions on: developing strategies; tactics for advocacy, lobbying and capacity-building; approval of administrative decisions and hiring; and other important topics.
Names of current steering committee members are on the “Our Board” page.
Names of current member NGOs are on the “Our Members” page.
NGO-CEDAW member organizations are each dedicated to a specific field of interest and collaborate to provide the information for the Shadow Reports. Committees are formed to analyzing the situation and suggesting a plan of action for advocacy on each theme within women’s rights. Current topics of interest include:
- Labor and economy (including economic empowerment and the agricultural sector);
- Reproductive Health;
- Education, information and media;
- Women in leadership and decision making;
- Gender-based violence and law, including land and labor issues and migrant workers; and
- Disadvantaged women, including LBT+, indigenous, rural, and disabled women.