Dignity Cambodia is an ongoing creative project using art as a vehicle to reveal truth, raise awareness and hopefully create new perspectives on the topic of gender within the mindsets of people. We encourage artists to create projects which aim to bring awareness about the difficulties many Cambodian survivors endure and the Cambodian laws which don’t do enough to protect them from harm.
The Dignity Project started in 2015, initiated by a highly motivated team of women including the staff of Cambodian non-profit NGO-CEDAW and German artist Mona Simon. This first project portrayed survivors of domestic violence in a positive and uplifting way, the aim was not to depict the participating woman as victims, but to create an image of them and for them in a dignified, strong and beautiful way, hoping these reflections may help them and others to acknowledge their beauty as survivors. Mona Simon strongly believes in the impact art and in particular storytelling can have to inspire new ways of thinking and new ways of seeing ones Self.
In 2017, the Dignity Project worked with social media influencer, DJ Nana, to create a video to expand awareness of women’s legal rights to protection from domestic violence.
In 2016 and 2018, the Dignity Project commissioned artists to use their tools and imagination, their talents and ideas to create a piece of work as a reflection on the topic of gender, violence and dignity. Giving them the freedom and us the chance to become inspired through their talented perspectives, the artists create or continue an individual project, leaving us wondering about the lasting effects of experienced violence.
“Art is a lie that reveals the truth.”
― Pablo Picasso
The Dignity Project is part of NGO-CEDAW’s ongoing efforts to update the Cambodian law on domestic violence and establish more awareness and better protection for all people affected by gender-based violence.
If you have questions, ideas or would like to contribute or collaborate, please contact NGO-CEDAW: ngocedaw.pnh(@)gmail.com