Beer promoters in Phnom Penh have come together as a group to advocate for the rights and safety of women
In Cambodia, beer promoters start work in and around bars and karaoke parlors after night falls. Paid often on a commission-only basis, they are exposed to high levels of alcohol consumption, violence and harassment.
According to CARE International, 83 per cent of Cambodia’s female beer sellers have dealt with unwanted sexual contact whilst 38 per cent subjected to forced sex. Yet, they remain in the profession, many having been compelled to move over from the garment industry during the recent economic crisis.
Pursuing dreams of improving their workplace, Voleak and other beer promoters in Phnom Penh in this photograph, came together as a group. Since 2009, the Solidarity Association of Beer Promoters in Cambodia (SABC) has advocated for the rights and safety of women working in the beer industry, supported through life-skills, gender awareness and peer education.
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Photo credit: Nicholas Axelrod