Empowering Cambodian youth to end Gender Based Violence.


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Empowering Cambodian youth to end Gender Based Violence

Our mission is to end Gender Based Violence in Cambodia by guiding adolescents through a well-structured co-ed violence prevention program which enables them to recognize, report and prevent abuse.

We provide a safe space for boys and girls to develop communication skills which promote future healthy relationships.

With the expectation that students of this age group will shape the social and political future of Cambodia, we believe it is imperative that this generation understand their rights, responsibilities and have respect both for themselves and others. With the current average age being 24, now is the optimal time to foster such a program.


Our response to the pandemic.

COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting women and girld around the world.

From greater economic hardship yo increasing violence and abuse in lockdown, women and girls are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis. Find out we are supporting our partners  to adapt their work to protect the lives and childlihoods of women and girls. Read more

Our Program

Recognizing our rights and responsibilities as outlined in the UDHR. Broad and easy to understand, this will allow for the introduction to the concepts of equality and respect.

What is it? How does it affect us? What are gender roles and norms? Gender and equality. (Universal and Cambodian specific)The importance of gender equality. This will allow a space for students to listen to each other and gain an understanding of the thoughts and feelings of each gender. It will reduce the objectification of girls for sexual purposes.

Learning how to communicate in relationships in a healthy manner. Consent, peer pressure, language skills, cognitive behavioral therapy exercises to recognize feelings and actions to enforce violence prevention methods.

Focusing particularly on sexual abuse. Learning to recognize signs of abuse. Not only in others, but in ourselves too. Learning to empathize and view the situation and the consequences of actions from the other party. Learning to make a safe plan, ask for help, rely on our peers and prevent abuse.

5 basic moves for all levels and abilities. Learning some key safety language in English and Khmer including NO! STOP! GO! HELP! STRANGER DANGER!


SAME-CAMBODIA recognizes the need for Cambodians to deliver this education independently. As parents are more likely to encourage their children to participate in such additional subjects when run by foreigners, rather than natives, it is planned that Niamh will work in International schools with Cambodian teaching assistants always present.

As SAME-CAMBODIA progresses, it will recruit Cambodian nationals who will receive free training to deliver the program through Khmer in rural schools.


½ of Cambodian households are affected by violence

1 in 5 men have admitted to committing rape at least once in their lives

67% of women believe they should tolerate violence to maintain the family

100% of donations goes into the free program and its implementation.


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SAME stands for Start A Movement for Equality.

 “Same same but different” is a common colloquial expression used endearingly throughout Cambodia. It can be heard in the markets, within tuk tuk groups, in the Temples and among friends. “Same same NOT different” is what the organisation strives to achieve when Cambodians think about gender.

Our Logo, the equals sign, combines both this hope and the UN symbol for equality.