Family, children and youth

Family, children and youth policy and administration

Justice system failing child victims: experts

Cambodia’s justice system often fails to support children who are victims of and witnesses to crime, many of whom are so terrified to appear in court that they’re unable to give testimony, children’s rights experts said on August 16. “When children are abused, they often respond ...

Maid in Singapore

The dream of opening a business back in Myanmar is what brought Moe Moe to Singapore two years ago. What she did not know is that it would be nine months before she received her first salary. For the first nine months everything went to the ...

Isolated and lacking labor rights, housemaids toil in silence

Khin Htar Kyu was in her late teens when she left her village in Irrawaddy Division’s Wakema Township with her younger sister to find work in Yangon to help her indebted family. Across Myanmar, there are tens of thousands of girls like Khin Htar Kyu who leave ...

Education reforms ‘daunting’

Cambodia’s political culture is continuing to threaten the quality of primary education, and ambitious reforms are likely to fall flat unless changes are made at the ground level, according to a new report.“However, to improve quality the minister and his supporters will have to win ...

UNICEF pledges to improve child welfare in Laos

The United Nations Children’s Fund has committed to strongly supporting the Lao government’s efforts to improve the quality of education and healthcare as well as combat malnutrition problems in the country. Ms Hongwei Gao, UNICEF Lao PDR Representative stressed the importance of providing opportunities and a supportive ...

Posing for ‘poverty porn’: The murky ethics of NGO fundraising ‘hero shots’

The young girl in Sunrise Cambodia’s recent fundraising campaign has been labelled a “sex worker” in glossy typeface. Her face is smeared with dirt. She is accompanied by a “trafficked kid” and a “homeless teen” on the page.  “Just because it raises money, it doesn’t ...

Religious leaders take stand on violence against women

Religious leaders from four major faiths in Myanmar called for an end to violence and discrimination against women during an International Women’s Day debate in Yangon over the weekend. The three-hour discussion was organised by UN Women and Religions for Peace, a Yangon-based interfaith group bringing together ...

Experts share int'l experiences on youth development policy

Investing in young people and safeguarding their rights is essential for their development and for their families, communities and countries. Experts agreed to share international experiences on youth development policy at a workshop held on 2 March in Hanoi by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), with ...

High prevalence of domestic violence during pregnancy: research

One in three, or 35 per cent of Vietnam’s pregnant women, are victims of domestic violence, mostly at the hands of husbands, according to doctors at Hanoi Medical University (HMU). Dr Nguyen Hoang Thanh from the HMU revealed the shocking data as part of a research ...

Thailand's NLA passes teen mom prevention bill

The National Legislative Assembly Thursday passed the final reading of a bill aimed at reducing pregnancies among teenage girls. The bill was passed in the third reading with 179 votes while six NLA members abstained. Keep reading ...

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