Advocacy for female construction workers

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Charles Fox’s latest project at Meta House documents women working at building sites. Eileen McCormick

Cambodia’s construction industry is booming, and high-rises are being built across the capital of Phnom Penh. With the city’s population doubling over the past four years, it has begun its transformation into a sprawling metropolis.

The industry employs a large number of migrant workers who flock to the capital in search of work. Around a third of these workers are women, and photographer Charles Fox’s latest project documents them on the building sites. The sites can often be dangerous and female workers can receive lower wages than their male counterparts.

The Meta House project The Green Net seeks to advocate for better working conditions and equal salaries, in cooperation with the German Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. The opening of Charles Fox’s exhibition last week was accompanied by the screening of short documentaries by Cambodian female media experts Sao Sopheak and Sokunthea Hang.

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