THE Embassy of France in Phnom Penh is proud to be sending a delegation of over 50 talented women from Cambodia to the Women’s Forum in Singapore (WFS) this week, said French Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Eva Nguyen Binh.
In conjunction with this, the French Residence opened its doors last Friday for a special cocktail reception to let the delegates develop their networks and provide mutual support.
Speaking at the event, H.E. Nguyen Binh said WFS aims at promoting gender equality, adding that the French private initiative will also give exposure and highlight the incredible qualities and potential of Cambodian women.
“The initiative initially started in France but is now being held regularly across the world. It provides the space for women to express themselves and it promotes female empowerment.
“We opened the doors to the Residence so the women can get acquainted. We need solidarity and mutual support. The first step towards that is this – a networking session,” she said in her welcoming speech.
This year, the delegates to Singapore consist of renowned professionals from various industries such as education, hospitality and agro-industry. While the focus of the forum is women, there will also be male representatives from the Kingdom.
The delegation, headed by the French Ambassador herself, will also be joined by Secretaries of State from various ministries including the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Environment.
At the event, delegates were also given a briefing on their departure to Singapore and they were encouraged to communicate with other delegates on a special online WFS platform, where they can seek out each other on mutual interests.
Prior to that, delegates were given an online booklet detailing the name, position and company of each participant of WFS 2018 and WFS 2019 to ensure that each and everyone’s roles are better understood.
“The booklet was created in order to facilitate contacts and interactions. This booklet should continuously be enriched with other profiles from now on,” the ambassador said.
The star-studded event on Friday saw the attendance of Minister of Women’s Affairs, H.E. Ing Kanthaphavi and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia H.E. Tina Redshaw, among many others.
The evening was made much lovelier and livelier by Japanese pianist Ms Miwako Fujiwara and Australian flautist Ms Jennifer Bird, who performed a series of French tango.