Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre was founded and registered with the Ministry of Interior in 1997 with a simple goal; to help women help themselves. Three women launched CWCC as a local response to a local problem, having witnessed the suffering of women and children from the consequences of war and various forms of violence against women. With the generous support from Terre des Hommes Germany and the Netherlands they opened one small shelter in Phnom Penh, placing leaflets in local police stations, not imagining that within a few days their 25-place refuge would be filled.
Their work expanded steadily, offices opening in Banteay Meanchey in 1999 and Siem Reap in 2001 and branching out from social and emergency assistance to legal protection, community prevention and advocacy work at both the national and international level. Due to situations of violence in Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear, CWCC has opened another regional office in 2012. Over these 15 years, CWCC has secured a reputation for providing both emergency and ongoing help for women and children, and is recognized by government, civil society and international agencies as a leading women’s organization advocating for the human rights of women and children, gender justice and the elimination of all forms of violence against women.
Vision and Mission
CWCC overall purpose is to contribute to the empowerment of vulnerable women and girls through protection, prevention and advocacy in order to promote a peaceful, gender-equitable and compassionate society. Our vision is to assist women and girls in living in peace, security and dignity and enjoy their universal human rights.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors which has 5 members is composed of well-known leaders of human rights organizations working at national and international levels. The mandate of CWCC and the Board of Directors is defined in by-laws. The Board of Directors meets at least twice a year to look at the more long-term plans and needs of the organization and hires and establishes the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Director. The five members are as follows: Chairperson of the Board: Ms. Kien Sereyphal, Founder and former President of the Cambodia Women’s Development Agency (CWDA) and currently an Independent Consultant. Vice Chair of the Board: Attorney Mr. Sok Sam Oeun, Executive Director of the Cambodian Defender Project which is the prominent legal aid organization in Cambodia. Member of the Board: Ms. Ros Sopheap, Executive Director of Gender and Development in Cambodia (GAD-C), which is one of the leading organizations working to promote gender equality in Cambodia. Member of the Board: Mr. Chea Phyden, Executive Director of Vulnerable Children Assistance Organization (VCAO), which is one leading organization working to protect the rights of the children and promote child participation. Member of the Board: Ms. Im Phally, Former Project Manager of the Lutheran World Services and currently Program Manager of NGO Forum on Cambodia, a membership organization that takes a lead in advocacy for sustainable development in Cambodia.
CWCC is operated by Cambodians and led by an executive management team, including an Executive Director, a Program Manager, a Finance Manager, a Human Resources Coordinator, and 4 Regional Managers. We have a Board of 5 Directors, 114 staff members (70 female ), and local and international interns and volunteers.