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Gender and Development for Cambodia celebrate International Women’s Day

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Participants enjoy themselves as they are encouraged to share their life stories and join a variety of activities. Supplied

It takes a certain grace and fearlessness to be a woman and so this month we celebrate International Women’s Day.

The day aims to honour the effort of women from all colours and cultures around the world who fought for their rights and equality throughout history and across the globe.

Once again, the Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) commemorated this historic day and organised a delightful event to celebrate at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center.

The audience watches a role play performed by GADC youth, highlighting women’s issues in Cambodia. Supplied

This year, the ceremony was conducted under the theme “build society for women, build women for social development”.

The well-attended event saw more than 400 both women and men participate.

Chorn Sreyneag, one of the participants, who comes from Kompong Cham province, shared her life story on stage regarding the significance for women to pursue higher education.

Many attendees come to celebrate International Women’s Day at CKCC and honour the various achievements in women’s rights throughout history. Supplied

“I could not see myself standing on this podium with the courage to speak about gender equality if I did not have a chance to pursue my own high education and experience in its social life and activities. I hold the belief that women can achieve anything they set their mind too as long as her society or her family do not restrain her.”

The event also held a role play performed by the GADC youth regarding the issues women face in their daily lives. In the role-play, many true stories about women were addressed such as the suppression of women participating in social activities, sexual harassment and fewer opportunities for them to pursue higher education.

It also ushered in various activities including photo exhibitions, life story sharing, short story performances from youth groups, a Chapey Dong Veng’s performance, panel discussion and a Ted-talk.

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