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CARE: “Around 2000 female workers receive training”

Since CARE research was released in 2016, a series of actions have been carried out in order to help Cambodian women construction workers become aware of their equal rights. Ms. Rath Kalyan, the project manager of CARE, said they are now working on a project which supported by the European Union and the Australian Development Cooperation to raise awareness among women workers and address the assumptions of their abilities so that female construction worker in Cambodia can have safe workplaces and increased opportunities. “We have been working with employers to help them recognize the benefit of providing opportunities for their female employees and how this can help them ensure they have a productive, stable, happy workforce, ” she said. Ms. Kalyan added that CARE also collaborates closely with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training so that issues like safety for female construction workers are addressed. So far they have trained around 40 female construction workers, and let them train their peers at their worksites and other sites which are partners. Through such methods, they …

Architect: “The Cambodian construction industry is male-dominated”

Muygech thinks there has been a significant increase in construction projects. There are many shop-houses, offices, and apartments, which have been built to supply to local residents. This has also increased the number of females joining the construction sector compared to many years ago. Although his company does design and building, they do not have their own construction workers so they would outsource that work to sub-contractors. Compared to foreign workers, Cambodian workers tend to stay in the lower range among people in the industry. “In the construction sector, Vietnamese workers have a better reputation than Cambodian workers. They are often known to be more skilled and more productive than Cambodians and therefore get paid more,” she said. Muygech observes that the payment for construction workers is not so secure as that of garment workers, who have their guarantee of the minimum wage. At least, by the end of the month, garment workers know how much money they have earned to pay the rent. Construction workers mostly work at a daily rate. Not only that, …

Worker Activist: “I want our voice to be heard”

39-year-old Chok Yoeurn has worked on construction sites for 5 years. She is always concerned about safety at the site. Even though she’s never had accidents herself, she always fears she will. The new construction site she’s working on now does not provide safety equipment even though she keeps asking for it. Yoeurn wonders why she gets paid less than men, even though she does the same work as they do. “I asked the site manager and he said women would never be the same as men,” she said. She joined the labour union BWTUC in 2014 through a recommendation from her colleague who received help after an accident. From there she learnt a lot about safety protection and basic workers’ rights. Yoeurn was also one of the workers The Green Net team interviewed in 2015. For her, it was an experience that made her realize her value. “As a labourer, it was a great honour to talk about my rights. At first I felt that, as a labourer, I could not attend an exhibition …