Invitation to watch Sam Rainsy Party celebrates 15th anniversary at Phnom Penh SRP Headquarters.
On Tuesday November 02, 2010 From 08:30 AM, Phnom Penh time.
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Artisan d'Angkor was originally an off-shoot of Chantiers-Ecoles de formation professionnelle, a professional training school, which was founded to help young Cambodians rediscover traditional handicrafts. The CEFP is a public institution which was established in response to an urgent need to train disadvantaged young people with little formal education, living for the most part in rural areas, and offer them a job entry program.
IN ANYTHING KHMER EVER DID, I WASN’T STANDING APART, MAKING FUND OF THE RACE, AND WHAT HAPPEN TO ME ON THE STAGE COULD HAPPEN TO THEM. THEY IDENTIFIED WITH ME, AND THEN IT WAS ALL RIGHT TO GET A LAUGH, BECAUSE THEY WERE LAUGHING AT ME AS WELL AS THEMSELVES.
Cambodians who want to get away from the crowded streets of Phnom Penh often head south to Kampot to check out the fresh seafood and cool mountains. Matt Lundy photo/for the Toronto Star
Celebs, The Body Shop and LexisNexis come out to support the Somaly Mam Foundation.
Earlier this week in downtown New York, philanthropists and activists rallied to support the Somaly Mam Foundation, among them, famous faces like Susan Sarandon, Ally Sheedy and Lauren Bush. Revelers showed up not only to raise money and awareness around child sex trafficking — they were also there to celebrate hope.
"We are building a safe place for the real treasures of the world," said Phil Kowalcyzk, president of The Body Shop North America. Poetically, the backdrop to his remark was a massive vault (the event space Capitale is a converted bank). In its second year of working with the SMF and ECPAT (an organization with a similar goal), The Body Shop launched a petition to Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People. In only three months, they've gathered 3.5 million signatures worldwide.
In 2011 they will petition lawmakers and government officials around the globe.
Somaly Mam, the nonprofit's namesake, founder and survivor of child prostitution, graciously took the stage after five of the young women she's rescued performed a traditional Khmer dance. The stunning and ever-charming freedom fighter thanked the crowd. "When I was in the brothel I had no hope, no love. I was nothing. Today you are my hero," she said, adding with laughter, "Second after my girls."
A few of the English speaking girls expressed their gratitude to the room and the foundation. One shared her story, explaining how her sister sold her to a brothel when she was only 13 years old. She was forced to take drugs and service 25 men a day — until she met Mam.
Today, on the long road to recovery, the bright-eyed teenager is healthy, smiling and attending school. Mam's courageous and dangerous work (she's been held at gunpoint by pimps and told to "cool the rhetoric" by local scholars) has rightfully returned life, dignity, self-esteem and hope to more than 6,000 girls. Mam's mission to change one girl at at time is fueled by her own experience as a child sex slave. She shares her harrowing life story in her autobiography, The Road of Lost Innocence.Trafficking is ugly, horrific and unpleasant to talk about, but the silence must be broken. Andy Prozes, the evening's honoree and CEO of LexisNexis Group, talked about the little discussed fact and driving force of sex trafficking: demand. If men stop paying for sex with young girls — be it virtual or real — the wealth of opportunity will cease to exist, putting child pornographers and pimps (slave owners) out of business. Prozes also went on to discuss the third element in battling trafficking: the law.
Updated October 29, 2010
The United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has ended a trip to Cambodia during which the prime minister Hun Sen expressed his resistance to the Khmer Rouge tribunal. Cambodia told the UN chief that the tribunal would only be allowed to prosecute four Khmer Rouge leaders who are already in custody. But prime minister Hun Sen says the UN backed court will not be allowed to try another five suspects who are under investigation.
Presenter: Robert Carmichael in Phnom Penh
Speakers: Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general; Khieu Kanharith, Cambodian minister of information; Kyung-wha Kang, deputy high commissioner for human rights