Indian Bikers Promote Education for Girls

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A group of four female Indian bikers, who have been traveling by motorcycle, covering more than 10,000km across Asia to promote education for young girls, arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday and met with Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhon.
 
Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said the minister praised the group for their important message of gender equality in Asia as part of the Indian government’s “BetiBachao, BetiPadhao” (Save Girl Child, Educate Girl Child) campaign and their individual bravery for traveling across South and Southeast Asia.
 
“It is significant to encourage gender equity in the region. Cambodia also cares about children and the rights of female children and gender equity between men and women,” he said.
 
Starting from Kathmandu in Nepal on June 4, the group has traveled through India, Bhutan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. They will make their way through Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore before finally arriving back in India on July 19.
 
Mr. Sounry said the group’s leader, Sarika Mehta, will give a letter from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Prime Minister Hun Sen to demonstrate the two countries’ support and encouragement of girls in education.
 
The program was implemented by Mr. Modi on January 22 last year with a budget of $15 million, according to Council of Ministers spokesman Ek Tha, who said the biker group also spoke to minister for the Council of Ministers Sok An.

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