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Made in Cambodia: Garment Workers Fight Gap, H&M and Others for a Minimum Wage

H&M is one popular western brand that supplies many of its garments from factories in Cambodia.

Cambodian garment workers are fighting for a livable wage. Of the half-million garment workers in the county, 90 percent are women living on about $3 a day, not enough to eat much less afford housing. The majority of textiles exported are destined for brands like Gap and Wal-Mart, as Cambodia enjoys “most favored nation” status with the United States under the World Trade Organization’s free trade agreement.

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How Not to Report on Sex Trafficking

We start with bad mothers and we end, in the piece with, an editorial sigh of relief: thank god (literally) for men like Don Brewster who can envision, unlike these women with whom he is juxtaposed narratively, “the transformation” that girls experience when they are “saved.”

Last month’s CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.

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Global Roundup: Uganda Anti-Gay Bill is Back; Mexico’s First Female Presidential Candidate from a Major Party

Starting this week, we will be bringing you a weekly roundup of global sexual and reproductive health and justice news!

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Morning Roundup: Midwives on Motos

Midwives travel on motorbike to deliver family planning information and supplies; anti-choice Rep. Joe Pitts is officially named as chair of committee with reproductive justice implications; HIV eradication and the WNBA; more on HIV “cure.”

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Domestic Violence Against Sex Workers in Cambodia

Little attention is given to violence experienced by sex workers from those closest to them: their husbands, boyfriends and partners.

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Criminalization of Sex Work in Cambodia Undermines HIV Prevention Efforts

Cambodia was until recently praised by the international public health community for efforts to fight the spread of HIV. But a 2008 anti-trafficking law criminalized sex work and sent sex workers into hiding, undermining human rights and broader public health efforts.

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Accountability and Reproductive Health in Cambodia

NGO reports indicate that Cambodia, like many other countries, is falling short on its commitments to universal access to reproductive health services.

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