The Women’s Health and HIV/ AIDS Program
Working in the entertainment industry carries severe health risks, especially working in Phnom Penh. The Women’s Health and HIV/AIDS Programme works to decrease the widespread health risks of entertainment work. It promotes the rights of Entertainment Workers (EW’s) through education, individual support and healthcare.
- To empower female EWs and protect their rights.
- To support and educate EWs and encourage proper healthcare.
- To raise awareness and minimise the spread of HIV/ AIDS.
The Women’s Health and HIV/ AIDS Program works closely with the Cambodian Prostitute Union (CPU) which is a collective of EWs based in Phnom Penh. The organization was founded in 1998 in Phnom Penh’s red light districts and is wholly owned, governed and sustained by the EWs themselves. CPU is dedicated to innovatively improving the lives of EWs and promoting their rights. CWDA provides organizational support to CPU with the mission of voicing the collective needs and concerns of EWs.
In 2007 the Women’s Health and HIV/AIDS Programme collaborated with the Young Women’s Healthy Study. This research involved the National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STDs, the University of California and San Francisco, the University of New South Wales, CPU and CWDA. The research addressed sexual health, socio-demographics, risk and drug use of young women working in the entertainment industry in Phnom Penh.