Researchers in Cambodia receive award for innovation to address gender-based violence

A research team from KHANA Center for Population Health Research in Cambodia has won funding to implement a 24-hour platform for gender-based violence response and support for female entertainment workers in the country, said a World Bank’s press statement on Thursday.

The 2020 Development Marketplace: Innovations to Address Gender-Based Violence award will enable the researchers at KHANA organization to test the feasibility and effectiveness of the “SMARTgirl Chatline,” which provides 24-hour support via WhatsApp to female entertainment workers who are at risk or survivors of gender-based violence, the statement said.

“Gender equality is a high priority for the World Bank in Cambodia and it is a strong theme in our Country Partnership Framework,” said Inguna Dobraja, World Bank country manager for Cambodia.

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