Forum on Practical Paths to Reduce Gender Inequality

Sunday, January 20, 2019 -
01:30 to 08:00

Background

Oxfam International(OI) is leading a global campaign against the growing inequality around the world; social, economic and gender inequality. In January 21st Oxfam will release its global report on inequality to be presented during the 2019 DAVOS Summit.

To join the efforts on the fight against inequality, Oxfam in Cambodia will be hosting a forum on Practical paths to reduce Gender Inequality which will directly contribute to the conversation.

This event is hosted by Oxfam’s Regional Social Protection Program. The 5-year program has the objective to organise 78,000 marginalized workers in Cambodia, in particular women, to increase their economic and social resilience by having access to equitable social protection services, including healthcare.

The extreme gap between rich and poor is undermining the fight against poverty, damaging our economies and fueling injustice in our world. Yet inequality continues to grow and all too often it is women and girls who are hit hardest.

We all suffer when public services are neglected, but women and girls pay the highest price. Girls are pulled out of school first when the money isn’t available to pay fees, and women clock up hours of unpaid work looking after sick relatives when healthcare or other public services fail.

How can services be improved to help the most vulnerable, giving them the opportunities to work, and have equal opportunities to others in society? How can services support women workers and recognize the hours of unpaid labour they carry out every day?

This forum explores the issues of: unpaid care work and how efficient public services can be a driver to reduce inequalities, specifically gender inequalities, and the impact that unpaid care work has on women workers (especially those who are poor).

Objective

Oxfam in Cambodia will be hosting a forum on January 20th with the following objectives:

  • To raise awareness about gender inequalities at work and at home.
  • How the provision essential services can reduce structural inequalities?
  • To discuss childcare services as an option that can impact women’s and family’s wellbeing, as well as supporting women’s empowerment and equality.

Activity

The event with consist of a 1 day forum with participants representing women and youth from across Cambodia to discuss about gender inequality. The event will highlight the need for more investment and better quality of public services; and the importance of investing in services that free up women’s burden of care work, for example public childcare centres.

Participants will include representatives from different industries, development partners and government.

Panel: Gender inequality and public services

The panel discussion involves a short presentation by each speaker about their topic (for 5 minutes), followed by open questions from the moderator (for 20 minutes), and open questions form the public, (10 minutes).

Moderator: Solinn Lim, Oxfam in Cambodia

Speakers:

Key questions

  • How is gender inequality negative for the development of Cambodia?
  • Why is it important to understand the different needs (and situations) that women face in order to create an inclusive society?
  • How can financial investment and quality improvement of public services such as health care or childcare, support gender equality?

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Media coverage

  1. Economy no working for women, Phnom Penh Post
  2. Gender inequalities, Reaksmey Kampuchea
  3. Oxfam: 26 millionairs have property equal to half of the poor in the world, Thmey Thmey
  4. Women suffer the most from inequality, Koh Santepheap newspaper
  5. Gap between rich and poor growing: Oxfam, Khmer Times
  6. Concern over gender inequality in informal work sector, Khmer Times
  7. We need to put a face to the economy and make it human, Khmer Times
  8. Gnder inequality at work and at home, CTN 
  9. Women informal workers need government to pay attention as those work in formal sector, ThmeyThmey (Part I)
  10. When women involve more in economic activities, the gap of gender inequality is smaller, the country is growing better, Thmey Thmey, Part II