6 October 2016, Phnom Penh – To ensure marginalised and socially discriminated groups benefit from and are treated equally by the Cambodia Countering Trafficking-in-Persons (CTIP) program, its gender expert presented the key findings of an in-depth gender and social inclusion assessment to the program’s partner NGOs yesterday, looking at the needs and issues of these groups.
The main objective of the meeting was to mobilize partner NGOs to focus more on these marginalised groups and better reach them with their services and support. CTIP partners contributed their ideas and input on how to ensure CTIP programs are fully inclusive of discriminated groups in the context of their unique activities.
The assessment specifically addressed ethnic and religious minorities (including Cham and ethnic Vietnamese), LGBT groups, entertainment and sex workers, children and the elderly and those discriminated against based on gender (both men and women). For each group the gender expert examined their overall situation; the challenges and social barriers each group experiences; their risks and needs in relation to migration, trafficking and/or exploitation and the kind of services they might need from CTIP.
As a result of the assessment, CTIP’s household vulnerability scoring was updated to include grandparent headed households, single-headed households, differently abled, ethnic minority and LGBT criteria. Specific measures will be taken to include socially discriminated groups in CTIP’s prevention, protection and prosecution services. The gender expert also recommended use of the stories, advocates and networks of each group to raise awareness on safe migration and prevention of trafficking within these groups.