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Gender-Based Violence under the Khmer Rouge
In 2007, CDP published ground breaking research on gender-based violence (GBV) during the Khmer Rouge regime. The research showed that, contrary to popular belief, GBV took place during this period on a very big scale. It included forced marriage, sexual slavery, rape, survival sex, sexual mutilation and sexual torture. In 2009, CDP established its Gender-Based Violence Project to promote access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence during the Khmer Rouge regime.

The project does this through: Civil Party support to participate in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC); research and documentation; public education and professional training; and advocacy. For information about project activities, resources and partners, see the GBV-website (in English and Khmer).

What does the Gender-Based Violence Project do?

Civil party support
  • legal representation before the ECCC
  • facilitate trial attendance at ECCC
  • psycho-social support
  • study tours and regional workshops for survivors

Research and documentation
  • research studies
  • reports and films of survivor testimonies

Public education and professional training
  • Women’s Hearings (civil justice truth telling forums) 
  • monthly radio show
  • community theatre, public seminars and film screenings
  • training for ECCC staff, lawyers and civil society organizations

  • use of CEDAW and national laws and policies to advocate for survivor rights
  • use of organisational networks to call for change