Ati: a woman with sheer grit

Ati, Iran   “I was no longer “marriage material” My name is Ati, I am 28 years old. I studied economics at University, I hold a Bachelor’s degree. I have four brothers, three older and one younger than me. I am currently living with my parents in Iran. I was engaged in Aghd [1]. After one… Continue reading Ati: a woman with sheer grit


Empowered women empower women

Thazyne Yangon, Myanmar “In Myanmar, many women don’t have jobs, however, they can weave and have beautiful fabric so I like to work with them and give them an opportunity to have a stable source of income” My name is Thazyne. I am 35 years old. I am not married. I have been working at… Continue reading Empowered women empower women

Thailand Profile

The ripples of the military coup on women in Thailand

A rapid descent into dictatorship Since the 2014 military coup, Thailand has not ceased to carry on an oppressive and repressive regime and has quickly descended into a dictatorship. Three years after the coup, the all-men junta still arrests and prosecutes critics of the government, bans political activity, censors the media, stifles freedom of speech,… Continue reading The ripples of the military coup on women in Thailand

Cambodia Profile

Sport for gender equality

The power of sport in promoting peace and reaching development objectives has often been ignored and disrespected through history. Yet, it has been recognized by the United Nations as a fundamental right and as a critical tool to achieve the Global Goals. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for… Continue reading Sport for gender equality


Scoring for women’s rights

Kimleang Battambang, Cambodia “Now I walk with my head up (...) because I know who I am” My name is Kimleang Chonran. I am 19 years old and am from Battambang. Since the age of 14 I am part of the Mighty Girls female football team, one of the most renowned female football team in… Continue reading Scoring for women’s rights

Cambodia Profile

Girls’ education: current challenges in Cambodia

“I am those of the 66 million girls who are deprived of education” - Malala Yousafzai Nobel Lecture, 2014 Peace Prize When we asked a little girl from the remote village of Prey Dak, in the countryside of Battambang province, what she would like to do in the future, she answered straight away “I want to… Continue reading Girls’ education: current challenges in Cambodia

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Gender based violence under the Khmer Rouge regime

During interviews and through our research, the times of the Khmer Rouge have come back relentlessly. A dark period of Cambodian history that still defines the state of the country today, both economically and socially. A dark past In the late 60’s, Cambodia experienced periods of instability due to the influence of war between Vietnam… Continue reading Gender based violence under the Khmer Rouge regime


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

Cambodia Profile

“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