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Sok Panha

Executive Director of Banteay Srei ('Citadel of Women')
Sok Panha Banteay Srei started out life as IWDA Cambodia in 1989. Immediately after the Khmer Rouge genocide, there were no local development NGOs to partner with, so IWDA set up IWDA Cambodia to implement IWDA projects. Banteay Srei became the first international NGO in Cambodia to be headed by a Cambodian national. IWDA Cambodia eventually evolved into a separate independent local non-government organisation in Cambodia, passing to full local management in July 2000. Banteay Srei focuses on empowering communities at the grassroots level and establishing strong community networks to combat violence against women. Banteay Srei 's Safe House in Battambang provides the only crisis centre in the Province where adult women can find immediate care and address personal safety and economic needs.