Domestic Workers Urge Official Recognition to Prevent Abuses

Muong Samnang cleans her home in the Chamkarmon district of Phnom Penh, December 8, 2021. CamboJA/ Chea Sokny

“The Ministry should consider domestic workers [the same as] as factory workers, so that domestic workers are not abused by their employers or landlords,” a domestic worker In Yen said.

Oxfam urges government to use IMF COVID recovery fund transparently

Vendors sell food on the street at a village in Phnom Penh, August 11, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Oxfam has urged the Cambodian government to ensure that a $240million debt-free fund announced by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support Cambodia’ economic recovery is used to benefit all Cambodians affected by COVID-19.

Domestic workers call for social protections amid “slave-like” conditions

Domestic workers bring their employers' children to play outside in Phnom Penh, June 16, 2021.CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

In an online forum celebrating the 10th International Domestic Worker Day held by the Independent Democratic of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), domestic workers called on the government to provide them with social protections under the National Social Security Fund. At the moment, only garment and textile workers are eligible to receive these benefits.