“Rapping Against Risk”, a 10 minute documentary narrated by IWDA’s local project coordinator, Kristen Rasmussen, with subtitles in English and Khmer has been uploaded
For the last three years, International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has been working in partnership with World Vision Australia and Cambodia on a large project, funded by AusAID, to address the legacy of landmines. Cambodia remains severely mine and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) affected. The Community Strengthening and Gender Mainstreaming for Integrated Mine Action (CSGMINA) project combines de-mining with community development so individuals and communities benefit from areas that were once inaccessible.
As the effects of land contamination and poverty are experienced differently for women and men, IWDA’s role is to ensure that women’s voices are included in determining priorities for land clearance, de-mining implementation, and planning for development once land is safe, and that messages about the risk of mines are gender sensitive.
The Mine Risk Education concert in Battambang on Saturday 10 October was one part of a pilot initiative engaging young men and boys who are most at risk of landmine injuries, to develop peer messages discouraging youth from tampering with landmines and other explosive remnants of war.