The Cambodian Women’s Development Agency (CWDA) is a local, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) with no religious or political affiliations but a strong feminist agenda. It grew out of the dissolved Phnom Penh Municipality Women’s Association and was accredited as an NGO by the Supreme National Council in May 1993.
CWDA aims to promote self-sufficiency and self-reliance in Cambodian communities and advance women’s economic and social rights. We seek to address the problems resulting from two decades of civil war and political instability by empowering women through education, organization and self-development.
CWDA focuses on three main programs:
- Women’s Health and HIV/AIDS
- Community Self-Prevention against the Trafficking of Women and Children
- Vocational Education
CWDA has well established formal and informal networks with local, national and international governments and non-government organisations. CWDA works in partnership with local communities to establish gender sensitive, participatory community development initiatives and is involved in national lobbying efforts for the promotion of women’s rights.
For disadvantaged women and children in Cambodia to have a decent quality of life with dignity and safety, free from discrimination.
To enhance the capacity of women in Cambodia through empowerment, access to education and by providing health services and a safe shelter for those at risk.
To raise awareness about the issues surrounding trafficking, ensuring the safety and well-being of entertainment workers and to raise the level of literacy within the Phnom Penh municipality to leave a legacy of the importance of education.