Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre was founded and registered with the Ministry of Interior in 1997 with a simple goal; to help women help themselves. Three women launched CWCC as a local response to a local problem, having witnessed the suffering of women and children from the consequences of war and various forms of violence against women. With the generous support from Terre des Hommes Germany and the Netherlands they opened one small shelter in Phnom Penh, placing leaflets in local police stations, not imagining that within a few days their 25-place refuge would be filled.
Their work expanded steadily, offices opening in Banteay Meanchey in 1999 and Siem Reap in 2001 and branching out from social and emergency assistance to legal protection, community prevention and advocacy work at both the national and international level. Due to situations of violence in Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear, CWCC has opened another regional office in 2012. Over these 15 years, CWCC has secured a reputation for providing both emergency and ongoing help for women and children, and is recognized by government, civil society and international agencies as a leading women’s organization advocating for the human rights of women and children, gender justice and the elimination of all forms of violence against women.