YES Project

Youth Engagement to Stop Violence against Women-YES Project
  • Problem  Description
Cambodian youth is limited for using technology and innovation, Anyway there are limitation for ICT( Information and Communication Technologies ) useful information in their capacity development. Some university students display high levels of arrogance, associated with privilege and impunity, and this can contribute to high risk behaviors, sexual violence towards their partner or sweetheart and entertainment workers including beer promoting girls. It is reflected in women and girls attaining much lower levels of education, minimal progress in reducing maternal mortality, and women’s greater vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS, persistently high levels of domestic violence and sexual exploitation, greatly constrained employment opportunities, the under-representation of women in decision–making roles and inadequate resources to address gender discrimination within institution.
The project “Youth Engagement to Stop Violence against Women through ICTs-YES” is in the framework of the MDG3 project “Strengthening Women’s Strategic use of Information and Communication Technologies to Combat Violence against Women and Girls.
The PHD-YES Project “Strengthening Women's Strategic Use of Information and Communications Technologies to Combat Violence against Women and Girls” aims to help women participants negotiate the fraught terrain of the new digital landscape in which ICTs hold out both the promise of greatly increased freedoms and also the growing concerns about privacy and security. It uses a multifaceted approach to the intersection between ICT use and violence against women and girls, which includes skills, knowledge, advocacy and community building. 
The opportunity for organisations like PHD is to more deliberately seek ways to break the silence surrounding violence against women in Cambodia, and to ensure that the voices of women are heard, this means engaging young people especially young males in conversations about male socialisation , gender roles and the dynamics and consequences of violence.  These are conversations that can and should be empowering for men as well as women and create to ensure a safer and more respectful environment through encouraging the participation of young people and distribution of knowledge through information and communication technologies(ICTs).
  • Project Summary
The Youth Engagement to Stop Violence against Women through ICT Project of People Health Development Association (PHD) will work for six months with young university students  as peer educators between ages of 18-28 in six universities partners in Phnom Penh, This project aims to engage young men to promote social change and reduce violence in the live of women on integrated gender mainstreaming and gender based violence (GBV) and increase understanding of gender inequality and social factors that support inequality among university students to increase knowledge through the complement goals of developing a new generation of young people in the communities and strengthening the environment for young people.
  • Targeting Group
The project aims to promote youth to participate and youth empowerment through youth    technology and innovation in response to issues related to rights and gender issues like gender based violence (GBV), sexual harassment and increased understanding of the gender concern links to awareness of women rights and human rights, gender equality and to promote responsible and respectful behavior among young men as to respect of women rights as human rights through ICT online communication ( Facebook, Twitter and email ) as tools for discussion, sharing knowledge and experiences on GBV, sexual harassment, rape and other gender issues. Anyway this project activities aims to encourage youth participants in the generation and distribution of knowledge through online communications as a tools of  their discussion through ICT to deepen to reduction of violence against women and girl.
  • Project Objectives
  1. Increase knowledge and understanding of discussion on gender based violence( GBV ), rape, sexual violence, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation through online communication ( Facebook. Twitter and email). University students and young people will be  the  target group.
  2. Increasing youth to speck out and to participate, particularly young man in taking actions to promote  women’s rights as well as human rights, and stop violence against women through engaging with existing networking through online communication ( Facebook, Twitter and email).
  • Project Result
Link to PHD current project in partnership with CARE International in Cambodia and Funded by UN-Trust Fund (UNIFEM) for 3 years (2010-2012), six university and key partners to address gender stereotypes and gender inequality that root deeply in Cambodia Society through ICT of online communication as a tools of discussion in wider to promote responsible relationship among young male through in order to reduce violence against women in Cambodia social context. Anyway, this project will run by 6 young peers educator as professionals using online communications ( Facebook, Twitter and email) as tools to reduce on gender issues through promote of youth participation and  empowerment on technology and innovation in response to youth issues related to rights.


If you would like to read the whole YES Project document, click on this following link: YES Project
For the detailed report of the project, click on this link: Narrative Reporting Template YES
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The YES Project consists of activities such as developing a Facebook homepage, blog tracking through pictures and videos related to the project activities etc.
With all these activities the project aims to encourage youth participation in the distribution of knowledge through online communications as a tool for their discussion through ICT to reduce violence against women and girls. 

The YES Project is funded by MDG3-20 APC through the Open Institute (OI).