Women and the Justice System in Cambodia

Women in Cambodia are subject to widespread discrimination, including in access to education, employment and politics. Although laws have been promulgated to protect the rights of women, enforcement remains a concern.

This project hypothesizes that weak governance and lack of transparency in the legal system exposes women to rights abuses. Researchers will gather information and analyze jurisprudence on women's access to justice in the formal and traditional systems, with respect to serious criminal offences (trafficking, spousal abuse) and selected economic rights. They will compare the views of different groups - women in authority, men in authority, nongovernmental organization staff, traditional leaders, women defendants, women victims of crime, rural women and men - on women's access to justice. And, they will help build the capacity of the Cambodian legal staff involved in the project in interviewing skills, sensitivity and analysis.

The idea is to clarify the situation of women with respect to access to justice, and inform the debate on women's rights in general.

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Start Date

Friday, November 30, 2007

End Date

Monday, August 16, 2010


20 months

IDRC Officer

Thioune, Ramata Aw

Total funding

CA$ 107,000


Cambodia, Far East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Vichuta Ly


Legal Support for Children and Women

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