Chanthol Oung

Chanthol Oung
  • Founder and Executive Director
    CWCC (Cambodian Women's Crisis Center)

Chantol Oung is Founder and Executive Director of the Cambodian Women's Crisis Center (CWCC), an organization whose mission is to provide women who have been victims of gender-based abuse and their children with crisis intervention services and to reduce violence against women. Born in Cambodia in 1967, Oung lost her father to the Khmer Rouge and spent many years of her youth in a Thai refugee camp. There, she studied law and public administration and led a job-training programme for widows. Returning home in 1992 under the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), she worked as an interpreter and joined a human rights task force. She became acquainted with the magnitude of sex trafficking and other gender-related crimes in Cambodia. Following a period of study at Columbia University and an assignment with the Cambodia office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, she decided to act. With the support of friends and of Terre des Hommes (Germany and the Netherlands), she founded CWCC in 1997.