In Cambodia, gender-based violence, discrimination and unequal gender norms have caused girls and young women to be vastly undervalued. Being a young girl in a poor family in Cambodia often means she will be forced to drop out of school and find work (which is typically unsafe and exploitative) when her family’s household income is at stake; contributing to the disproportionately high number of adolescent girls excluded from formal education. When a girl is not in school, her risk of being exploited increases dramatically so we aim to identify girls at high risk and ensure they stay in school, and understand the risks of exploitation online and in their communities so they can protect themselves.
This project will provide girls and young women with the support they need to resist the gendered risks and barriers that limit their opportunities. We will use tailored support to keep hundreds of girls in school, increase their academic performance, and build their leadership skills and confidence to build a remarkable future. Your support will fund tutoring, homework clubs, and material scholarships for girls who have been identified as vulnerable to trafficking.
By developing opportunities for girls to learn and unlock their potential, we are building a long-term resistance to exploitation.