Jun 29, 2023

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is running an end-of-financial-year appeal to help women workers in Cambodia stop workplace harassment and violence, and advocate for policies that support gender equality.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is working with three unions — the Building Woodworker Trade Unions Cambodia (BWTUC), Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF) and the Independent Democracy Employees Association (IDEA) — to improve gender equality within their unions.

Ou Tep Phallin Phallin speaking at an International Women’s Day event in Cambodia in 2023.

Ou Tep Phallin is the president of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation. She left school in grade 10 and found a job as a restaurant beer promoter to help support her family.

After joining the CFSWF as a member, she learned more about unionism, the law and human rights. Eventually she quit her job and began working for the CFSWF and was elected President in 2017.

She says: “The union helped me to build my skills and knowledge to become a union leader while I was working in the hospitality industry. Now I’m organising within unions to prevent discrimination against women in workplaces and I’m campaigning with others to end violence against women and girls.

“It was because of APHEDA’s support that I could improve my capacity and become a union leader in CFSWF with the confidence to lead and take responsibility”.

Your support before midnight tomorrow will help us reach our goal of $80,000. Please donate to this important campaign here.


Union Aid Abroad supports the Women Worker’s Rights through Stronger Trade Unions project in partnership with the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

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