The Community Organizing (CO) Program aims to guide Cambodia to become a society free from violence by training and involving villagers and authorities to take the lead in their communities in preventing violence against women.
The objective of the Community Organizing Program is to organize and build the capacity of volunteer community leaders by developing a greater awareness of violence against women (VAW) and to build a culture of peace and social justice in communities
As part of the Community Organizing Project, CWCC has established District Based Multi Sectoral Networks (DBMSNs) in the four target areas of Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Kampong Thom since 2012. The networks consist of local authorities, police, health personnel, teachers, Commune Committees for Women and Children (CCWC), officials from relevant district offices and community resource persons. 23 DBMSNs are currently in place: 9 in Phnom Penh, 5 in Banteay Meanchey, 6 in Siem Reap and 3 in Kampong Thom. CWCC currently has 6 Community Based Child Protection Mechanisms (CBCPMs) in Phnom Penh and 3 Community Resource Person Groups (CRPGs) in Banteay Meanchey. These community networks work closely with DBMSNs to prevent all forms of violence against women and to protect survivors of violence against women.
The activities of Community Organizing Project include capacity building of duty bearers who are members of District Based Multi-Sectoral Networks (consist of local authorities, police, health personnel, teachers, Commune Committees for Women and Children (CCWC), officials from relevant district offices and community resource persons), awareness raising conducted by network members, and intervening violence cases by network members.