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We won’t be silent anymore

Kosal Khoeut Battambang, Cambodia “After my dad passed away, my mother told me I don’t know how to read and write, I want my children to know better” My name is Kosal and am 27 years old. I live in Battambang in Cambodia. I run a business with my partner in Battambang. We have opened a… Continue reading We won’t be silent anymore

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Kicking gender stereotypes away

Nipha Battambang, Cambodia “We are not encouraged to play any sports at all; we are told to be quiet and gentle.” My name is Nipha, I am 23 years old and I am the coach of a male football team of Cambodia. In Cambodia it is hard for young women to pursue their dreams and… Continue reading Kicking gender stereotypes away

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Choosing education over marriage

Kimleng Battambang, Cambodia.  “My Grandmother used to say that (...) if you walk loudly you are a "bad woman", you have to learn how to walk soflty" My family is not really traditional. Before, they were more traditional. They changed a lot the way they think. Before, for example my grandmother used to say that… Continue reading Choosing education over marriage

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Migration: An often economic yet risky necessity

A difficult economic situation... Even though Cambodia has seen a major improvement regarding poverty reduction in the past years, the situation remains very difficult for the majority of the population. Indeed, the number of people living with less than 1.25 US$ per day dropped from 31% in 2007 to 10% in 2011. But most people… Continue reading Migration: An often economic yet risky necessity

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Getting off the beaten track

Sinath Battambang, Cambodia.  “I am so proud of my parents because they are farmers, but they still provided us with the best education they could afford” My name is Sinath, I am 33 years old. My parents are from Ostuk village which is a small village about 25km from Battambang town. During the Khmer Rouge,… Continue reading Getting off the beaten track

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A dose of Cath: A face for the new generation of feminists in Cambodia

Catherine Phnom Penh, Cambodia “Feminism is new in Cambodia.” My name is Catherine Harry, I am 22 years old and I live in Phnom Penh.  I study Mass media and am currently in my 3rd year. I’m an only child but I have half siblings from my dad’s side. Not from a previous marriage, my… Continue reading A dose of Cath: A face for the new generation of feminists in Cambodia

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Empowering women: A family story

Nhek Phnom Penh, Cambodia. “My grandma wanted to show them different so she raised her daughters to be better than what people were expecting.” My name is Nhek Pichponreingseiy. I am 19 years old and I was born and raised in Phnom Penh. I am from a middle class family and  am a second year… Continue reading Empowering women: A family story

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Not shy nor quiet – fighting to challenge gender roles

Bopha Battambang, Cambodia “In Cambodia, boys are considered to be a lot smarter than girls” In Cambodia, boys are supposed to be a lot smarter than girls. One day, my mom told me that I had to clean the house. I asked her “why can’t I go to school? My brother is free, he can… Continue reading Not shy nor quiet – fighting to challenge gender roles

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“Bauk”- The terrifying trend amongst young middle class Cambodian men

“Bauk” literally means “plus” in the Khmer language. It is the name commonly given to gang rape in Cambodia. A 2013 study conducted by “Partners for Prevention” shows that across the 5 different Asian countries studied Cambodia has one of the highest rates of gang rape in the region; it is in fact, double the… Continue reading “Bauk”- The terrifying trend amongst young middle class Cambodian men

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Chbab Srey – The way to be the perfect Cambodian woman

Apsara dancers, figures of Hindu mythology, Angkor Temple.   The Chbab Srey is a code of conduct for women (Chbab is Khmer for code, and Srey for woman). In the form of a poem, it describes how a woman should behave, with a special focus on her attitude towards her husband. “Don’t bring the outside… Continue reading Chbab Srey – The way to be the perfect Cambodian woman