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Exhibit shows forced marriages

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The exhibition will explore the impact on victims who were forced to marry by the Khmer Rouge. Supplied

The Victims Support Section of the Khmer Rouge tribunal will tomorrow open a two-day mobile exhibition on forced marriage under the regime.

The exhibition in Siem Reap province will explore the impact on victims who were forced to marry by the Khmer Rouge, some of whom still experience discrimination to this day.

The event also seeks to improve victims’ participation by encouraging them to join intergenerational dialogues and share their experiences about forced marriage with young people.

This is intended to educate young people and raise public awareness of gender-based violence during the Khmer Rouge regime, encouraging them to also participate in the fight against current gender issues.

VSS chief Hang Vannak said the exhibit will include 18 posters and the showing of a video documentary related to the history of forced marriage during the Khmer Rouge regime.

Some materials used in marriages, such as black clothes and scarves, will also be on show.

Mr Vannak added that victims who were forced to marry would share their experiences and discuss the discrimination they had faced.

“Current society still discriminates against those who stay with each other without being officially married or those who were forced to marry without the proper traditional ceremony,” he said.

“We know this is Khmer culture, but unfortunately these people were forced to get married under the Khmer Rouge, so they were not allowed to participate in traditional wedding ceremonies.”

The first day of the exhibition will take place at Jayavamann VII Hospital from 3pm to 5pm.

A related film screening will welcome 600 participants, including survivors of gender-based violence, provincial officials, students, teachers, and partner NGOs.

For the second-day of the event, VSS will meet with 130 students and 40 survivors from 9am to 5pm, to have a discussion on forced marriage and its link to current incidents of violence.

The mobile exhibition is part of the “Promoting Gender Equality and Improving Access to Justice for Female and Gender Based Violence Survivors under the Khmer Rouge Regime” project, which is funded by United Nations Trust Fund on Violence against Women for a period of three years, from January 2016 to December 2018.

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