Chhunly has lived with chronic violence for nearly twenty years from her husband.
When he loses his temper, he destroys things in the house and is violent to Chhunly and sometimes, her daughters. Chhunly has submitted complaints to the authorities, and her husband has vowed to change, though ends up not being able to sustain this. I
In March last year, Chhunly was severely injured after her husband attacked her with a piece of wood. Again, Chhunly went to the police, but no action was taken.
At the same time, our project team heard about Chhunly’s situation. We approached her to join our activism training on violence, gender, power, human rights, and how to conduct awareness raisings.
Becoming a disability activist.
Chhunly has since improved ways of communicating with her husband, sharing with him simple key messages on the impact of his violence, and explaining her rights and protections under the law.
Chhunly has also carried out four awareness raisings sessions to 40 community members, local authorities and people with disabilities.
“I am very happy and very proud of becoming an activist. My husband has stopped doing violence to our children and me. He has changed 100%. This month he earned 125$, and he gave me all the money. My parents and villagers admire what has happened. They did not believe that he could change.”
The first time Chhunly conducted the awareness-raising in her village, the community members paid little attention to her. They said that she should change her husband before talking to other villagers.
Since seeing her husband change, the community respect Chhunly more and value her as a woman skilled in addressing violence. Two disabled women experiencing violence have approached Chhunly for consultation.
“Now, these two women are experiencing less violence. This job helps to change my life and keep the village safe.”
Let's build movements together.
Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.
Kim Doe spent years secluded in her house, ashamed to leave because of her disability. A visit from local activists, brought her out of her home and set on her a path to freedom.
Aun Yoin is part of the team, delivering our ‘Promoting the Dignity of Women’ project. So far, Yoin has supported twenty people with disabilities to receive assistive devices and two survivors of violence.