Banteay Srei is one of the leading women’s rights organisations in Cambodia. The women of Banteay Srei support community based prevention and intervention of gender-based violence and promote the inclusion of women with disabilities. They also work to include men’s participation in addressing issues affecting women. Banteay Srei’s goal is to enable women to exercise their political, economic and psychosocial rights to equitable and sustainable development within the family, community and society.
Banteay Srei AND IWDA
Banteay Srei evolved from IWDA’s first and only in country office (1985-1995) and became an independent organisation in 2000. IWDA has had a continuing relationship with Banteay Srei ever since. Banteay Srei registered formally as a local Cambodian NGO in 2000, though they were working with women and men in Battambang and Siem Reap provinces prior to that date as a local partner of IWDA.
- Banteay Srei works with 12,000 families (63,000 people) in 53 villages. Their work focuses on both women and men in those communities.
- IWDA partnered with Banteay Srei, the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation (CDPO), CBM Australia, and Monash University to conduct research into the interplay between disability, and gender, violence and poverty, this resulted in the Triple Jeopardy report.
- Their main project areas are women’s empowerment and leadership, sustainable livelihoods, disaster preparedness and natural resource management, community action against gender-based violence and sustainable development