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Training course on Policy and Advocacy for CoE Staff and Outreach Workers

KHANA policy and strategy team in collaboration with Men’s Health Cambodia, one of KHANA partners, organized a training course on Policy and Advocacy for COE staff members and outreach workers in the Classy Hotel in Battambang province of Cambodia from 29 July to 1 August 2014. Approximately 29 outreach workers and CoE staff members participated in this training.

Participants are trained to identify policy issues/concerns that may interrupt their HIV programme implementation and affect their daily life. Participants are also exploring laws that limit the number of people’s activities, and learn to challenge their affected policies by using self-invented advocacy materials.

In addition, participants are also trained to speak out their human rights abuses and develop low-cost materials for policy advocacy such as writing policy messages and photograph them for facebook and e-mail share.

In several sessions, participants have opportunity to discuss ways to redress their human rights violations, rights of persons in the policy custody and human rights of the most-at-risk populations. “Human rights are not given by the government. We are born with our human rights,” said Mey Sovannara, a senior communication officer and a trainer in this training, to 29 participants.

“They must know what policy is, how policy affects their daily life and their human rights,” said Mey Sovannara. “Not all laws and policies are good. MARPs are living with bad laws and policies if they are not given a chance to participate in their policy development and to advocate for policy changes,” he added.

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