Evident to Action Brife: Situation Analyisis of Children with Diverse SOGEISC in Cambodia- Challenges and Opportunities (2019)

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Children whose SOGIESC differs from prevailing norms in Cambodian society face various challenges to the realization of their rights. Stakeholders working on the protection of child rights and human rights should take appropriate steps to integrate SOGIESC in their policies and programming, so that together, they can ensure the realization of child rights for all children as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), including for children with diverse SOGIESC.

The following key recommendations were identified for CSOs and the Royal Government of Cambodia. They provide avenues for future interventions to protect the rights of all children in Cambodia, including children with diverse SOGIESC.

1) Develop the knowledge of child rights CSOs on SOGIESC, and develop the knowledge of SOGIESC rights CSOs on child rights so that together they can ensure the realization of child rights for all children as enshrined in the UNCRC, encompassing children with diverse SOGIESC.

2) Ensure that Cambodian educational institutions are fully inclusive of all children, without discrimination of any kind, including discrimination based on SOGIESC, and increase access to information on CSE/SRHR by working with the MoEYS.

3) Work with all stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), to improve access

to inclusive healthcare services, counseling and child protection mechanisms for children with diverse SOGIESC.

4) Challenge negative images of individuals with diverse SOGIESC portrayed in the media, and work with stakeholders in the media to promote positive role models to contribute to positive attitude changes.

5) CSOs can consider working with relevant ministries and local authorities to develop the capacity of government institutions at the national, provincial and local levels in relation to SOGIESC concepts and rights.

6) Advocate with the Royal Government of Cambodia for the enactment of legal and policy protections to guarantee equal rights for children with diverse SOGIESC in Cambodia.

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