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The term `gender' refers to the socially-constructed roles of women and men which are attributed to them on the basis of their sex. Gender roles therefore depend on a particular socio-economic, political and cultural context and are affected by other factors including race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and age. Gender roles are learned and vary widely within and between cultures. Unlike a person's biological sex, gender roles can change.

Gender equality means an equal level of empowerment, participation and visibility of both sexes in all spheres of public and private life with the same status and having equal conditions for realizing their full human rights and potential to contribute to and benefit from development. Gender equality is not to be thought of as the opposite of gender difference but rather of gender inequality. It aims to promote the full participation of women and men in society. Gender equality, like human rights, must be constantly fought for, protected and encouraged.

Policy Statement
Operations Enfants du Cambodge is committed to practice which respects, strengthens and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment or reduce discrimination and inequalities based on sex, following the spirit of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (constituting the International Bill of Rights), the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol, The Beijing Platform for Action (1995) and its follow up Plans and The Millennium Declaration of 2000 planning to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as effective ways to combating poverty, hunger and disease and to stimulate sustainable development.

This policy is based on the following Gender Equality Principles:

  • Employment and Compensation
  • Work-Life Balance and Career Development
  • Health, Safety and Freedom from Violence
  • Management and Governance
  • Business, Supply Chain, and Marketing Practices
  • Civic and Community Engagement
  • Leadership, Transparency and Accountability
Policies and Procedures
  1. Employment and Compensation: OEC will take concrete steps to attain gender equality by adopting and implementing employment policies and practices that eliminate gender discrimination in areas such as recruitment, hiring, pay, and promotion, which include:
  1. Pay the legal wage to all women.

  2. Ensure fair and comparable wages, hours, and benefits for all employees for comparable work.

  3. Undertake concrete, verifiable actions to recruit and retain women and candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups.

  4. Eliminate all forms of discrimination based on attributes such as gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or cultural stereotypes in all work-related privileges or activities, including wages, hours, benefits, job access and qualifications, and working conditions.

  5. Prohibit discrimination based on marital, parental or reproductive status in making decisions regarding employment or promotion, including ensuring employment security that allows for interruptions in work for maternity, parental leave, and family-related responsibilities.

  6. Implement equitable policies for non-salaried employees regarding contract work, temporary work, and layoffs that do not disproportionately affect women.

  7. Strive to pay a living wage to all women

  1. Work-life Balance and Career Development: OEC will take concrete steps to attain gender equality by adopting, implementing, and promoting policies and practices that enable work-life balance and support educational, career, and vocational development, which include:
  1. Undertake concrete, verifiable actions to make professional and private life more balanced, by implementing and promoting flexible work options, family leave, dependent care, wellness programs, and workforce exit and reentry opportunities.

  2. Support access to childcare by providing information and resources regarding childcare services.

  3. Provide gender equitable opportunities for and access to literacy training, education, and information technology training. 

  4. Provide professional development opportunities that include formal or informal networking, client development activities, and mentoring programs that include women at all levels, including those women working in non-traditional fields.

  1. Health, Safety and Freedom from Violence: OEC will take concrete steps to attain gender equality by adopting and implementing policies to secure the health, safety, and well-being of women workers, which include Prohibition and Prevention of all forms of violence in the workplace, including verbal, physical, or sexual harassment and:
  1. Ensure the safety of female employees in the workplace, in travel to and from the workplace, and on OEC-related business.

  2. Provide and promote policies and programs addressing domestic violence. 

  3. Eliminate and disclose unsafe working conditions and provide protection from exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals in the workplace that cause danger for the health of women, including reproductive health.

  4. Allow time-off from work for employees seeking medical care or treatment, for themselves or their dependents, including family planning, counseling, and reproductive health care, and support return to positions of equal pay and status. 

  5. Prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment based on health status, such as individuals with HIV/AIDS positive status or persons with disabilities.

  1. Management and Governance: OEC will take concrete steps to attain gender equality by adopting and implementing policies to ensure equitable participation in management and governance, which include:
  1. Establish policies and undertake proactive efforts to recruit and appoint women to managerial positions and to board of directors. 

  2. Establish policies and undertake proactive efforts to assure participation by women in decision-making and governance at all levels and in all areas of the business, including budgetary decision-making.

  3. Include gender equality as a factor in performance measures, strategic planning goals and objectives, and budgetary decisions.

  1. Business, Supply Chain, and Marketing Practices: OEC will take concrete steps to attain gender equality by adopting and implementing non-discriminatory business, supply chain, contracting, and practices, which include:
  1. Maintain ethical marketing standards by respecting the dignity of women in all sales, promotional and advertising materials, and excluding any form of gender or sexual exploitation in marketing and advertising campaigns.

  2. Encourage and support women's entrepreneurship, and seek to enter into contractual and other business relationships with women-owned businesses and vendors, including micro-enterprises, and work with them to arrange fair credit and lending terms.

  3. Clearly forbid business-related activities that condone, support, or otherwise participate in trafficking, including for labor or sexual exploitation.

  4. Ensure that these Principles are observed not only with respect to employees, but also in relation to business partners such as independent contractors, sub-contractors, home-based workers, vendors, and suppliers.

  5. Take these Principles into consideration in product and service development and major business decisions, such as mergers, acquisitions, joint venture partnerships, and financing.

  1. Civic and Community Engagement: OEC will take concrete steps to attain gender equality by adopting and implementing policies to promote equitable participation in civic life and eliminate all forms of discrimination and exploitation, which include:
  1. Encourage philanthropic foundations associated with the entity to adhere to these Principles through their donations, grant-making, programmatic initiatives, and investments.

  2. Encourage women and girls to enter non-traditional fields by providing accessible career information and training programs designed specifically for them.

  3. Respect female employees’ rights to participate in legal, civic, and political affairs —including time off to vote—without interference or fear of repercussion or retaliation in the workplace.

  4. Respect employees' voluntary freedom of association, including the voluntary freedom of association of female employees.

  5. Work with governments and communities where the company does business to eliminate gender-based discrimination and improve educational and other opportunities for women and girls in those communities, including support for women's non-governmental organizations and other community groups working for the advancement of women.

  6. Exercise proactive leadership in its sphere of influence to protect women from sexual harassment, violence, mutilation, intimidation, retaliation, or other denial of their basic human rights by host governments or non-governmental actors and refuse to tolerate situations where cultural differences or customs are used to deny the basic human rights of women and girls.

  1. Leadership, Transparency and Accountability: OEC will take concrete steps to attain gender equality in operations and in business and stakeholder relationships by adopting and implementing policies that are publicly disclosed, monitored, and enforced, which include:
  1. Publicize commitment to these Principles through a Management Committee or Executive Director Statement or comparably prominent means, and prominently display them in the workplace and/or make them available to all employees in a readily accessible and understandable form.

  2. Develop and implement organization policies, procedures, training, and internal reporting processes to ensure observance and implementation of these Principles throughout the organization.

  3. Establish benchmarks to measure and monitor progress toward gender quality and report results publicity

  4. Conduct periodic self-evaluations through data collection and analysis, audits, public disclosure, and reporting on status and progress made in the implementation of these principles.

  5. Establish and clear, unbiased, non-retaliatory grievance policy allowing employees to make comments, recommendations, reports, or complaints concerning their treatment in the workplace.

  6. Engage in the construction dialogue with stakeholder groups, including employees, non-governmental or non-profit organizations, business associations, investors, customers, and the media on progress in implementing the Principles.

  7. Be transparent in the implementation of these Principles, and promote their endorsement and implementation by affiliates, vendors, suppliers, customers and others with whom it does business.

  8. Strive or ensure that government relations and corporate political spending policies and practices incorporate these Principles.

Statement of Commitment by Staff members
To enforce the implementation of the above principles and get positive outcome all OEC staff consent to sign a statement of commitment to respect and protect gender quality by supporting all policies allowing women and men having equality of rights, duties and responsibilities, equality of opportunities and outcome.

Support and Training
UDHR, CEDAW and CRC, base of gender equality, already treated will be repeatedly and partially commenced for permanent implementation of the core principles of gender equality.

This policy may be reviewed and amended responding to new requirement.

Battambang, 3 March 2012
Executive Director


- Board of Director
- MC members
- All OEC staff
“For comprehensive implementation”
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