Published: September 21, 2020

Microbusiness and Innovation for Women Menstrual Health and Empowerment in Cambodia

The menstrual cycle can be challenging for girls and women in the developing countries, especially in rural areas as is the case in Cambodia. It causes friction in the daily lives which is due to both in the lack of affordable menstrual products in the market and also the lack of awareness at the institutional and private level, where period shaming is still prevalent and the topic remains a taboo in the society.

The project aims to combine women´s economic empowerment with raising menstrual and reproductive health awareness in the Sammeaki Mean Chey and Tuek Phos districts of Kampong Chhnang Province by developing affordable, comfortable, and locally made reusable sanitary pads while providing local small women tailor businesses with work opportunities in their production. The goal of the project is to bring a sustainable solution for period poverty and management in the region.

It is implemented by Diaconia CCB CRD, an established Czech non-profit organization and active member of NGO platform FoRS and international humanitarian and development platform ACT Alliance.


Project Final Report

Press Release

Gallery (Flickr)

Learn more in our interview with DIACONIA’s project coordinator Michaela Vacková.

Published: September 21, 2020


UNDP Country Office



Women´s Empowerment and Gender Equality


Diaconia ECCB Centre of Relief and Development

Award (USD)


Local partner

Life with Dignity