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Everyday women bare all in “I am a daughter”

Srey Kumneth / Khmer Times Share:
Seng Socheata, Ultimate Frisbee player (left), Hang Sokunthea, A former journalist (centre), Van Phan, woker (centre), and Yim Sotheary, Psychotherapist/Conflict and Peace Consultant. YT/Srey Kumneth

A roundtable discussion on various issues related to women dubbed “I am a daughter” has come to its last edition in 2019 on Sunday at Meta House, with an emphasis on the lives of women in urban society.

The female empowerment project was a result of collaboration between Khmer Art Action and Cambodian-German Cultural Association, which is aimed at giving women from all walks of life, “a voice” on female-related topics.

According to the organisers, the discussion is not only a platform for influential women to share their experience, but every woman who wishes to share their personal stories while exchanging feedbacks from guest speakers.

The final edition of “I am a daughter” was moderated by former journalist Hang Sokunthea and saw three guest speakers: a Frisbee player Seng Socheata, a general worker Van Phan and a conflict and peace consultant Yim Sotheary. The trio bared their hearts out in the session, each revealing their experience of moving from a rural area to the city.

Moderator Hang Sokunthea said, “Aside from only hearing stories of successful people, I would like the youth to also pay attention and listen to real issues faced by everyday people.”

She acknowledged that it is still difficult to get ordinary folks to be involved in public speaking as they are unsure if their story is worth sharing. However, she added, they usually gain confidence and get ideas on what they can share after listening to others.

The project was also funded by the “Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung” Southeast Asia (RLS), an international non-profit institution that focuses on political education and progressive social research.

The organisers said young people are more than welcome to join future roundtable discussions for free. The discussion hopefully can enlighten members of the public on the real-life challenges faced by women in Cambodia.

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