Work, Work, Work.

We have been tirelessly at work for the WDA writing and researching grants. –What a learning experience it has been! We are currently finishing up two proposals that are due on July 12th and 13th. The first is a proposal funded by The U.S. Department of Labor, through Winrock International for USD$200,000 that works to eliminate child labour in the fishing sector of Kampot and Koh Kong provinces, which have been identified by the ILO/IPEC as one of the 16 Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) in Cambodia.

Fact: The Global Number of Child Laborers in 2008 was 215,000,000 children and of those 115,000,000 were employed in the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL). The current projection on Cambodia is 313,000 children employed in WFCL. 

The second USD$150,000 proposal we are itching to finish is funded by the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) that aims to: 1) increase access to legal remedies and legal protection for women, particularly those from disadvantaged groups; and (2) monitor and promote States’ compliance with women’s human rights-related treaty obligations, and follow up on human rights treaty recommendations.

Fact: According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are some 22.1 million migrant workers in Asia” or 27 percent of the 86 million migrant workers in the world. “Domestic workers have suffered historic discrimination and routine exclusion from labor protections that have left them at risk of a wide range of abuses and labor exploitation, including excessive hours of work with no rest, non-payment of wages, forced confinement, physical and sexual abuse, forced labor, and trafficking.” – The Domestic Workers Convention: Turning New Global Labor Standards into Change on the Ground

“Children, if you are tired, keep going; if you are hungry, keep going; if you want to taste freedom, keep going.” – Harriet Tubman

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