A new book that chronicles the digital world journey of women business leaders in Cambodia and several other countries in Southeast Asia has recently been published by the Cambodia chapter of Woomentum, the French Embassy and other partners.
The publication of “The Women Lead in the Digital Economy “was held at the French Embassy in Phnom Penh.
Those present included French Ambassador to Cambodia Eva Nguyen Binh, Australia Ambassador Pablo Kang, Kan Chanmeta, secretary of state at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and Tekreth Kamrang, secretary of state at the Ministry of Commerce.
Lay Navinn, secretary of state at the Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology and Innovation (representing Minister Cham Prasidh), Eng Lykoung, president of the Cambodia Women’s Entrepreneurs Association and representatives of banks, tech companies, schools and others also graced the occasion.
The 97-page book tells the story of 20 Cambodian businesswomen and three others from Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore, and how they cope in increasingly digital economies.
In the last few years, a big chunk of Southeast Asia has undergone a massive transformation. Traditional economies have turned digital, with women leading the way in many instances.
The book particularly highlights how technology was successfully integrated into women’s businesses.
These women were asked 10 questions related to their educational background, leadership experience, what technological innovations they used to improve their products and services, among others.
In the book, these women leaders, who are into handicraft, technology, rice, tourism, education and shampoo production, also shared how they managed people and businesses from small to big projects.
Phauk PauvRachana, vice-president of Woomentum, said this book plus their previous one provide a golden opportunity for women to shine with their stories and success, not only in their own country, but also globally.
“With the book, we want to tell the world that Cambodian women, as well as women in the region, are brave and can manage businesses like their male counterparts,” she stressed.
Woomentum is a collaborative entrepreneur forum headquartered in Singapore. The Cambodia chapter is headed by its president, Socheata Touch.
Phauk noted that there is a dearth of published materials about women business leaders whose stories can be taught and shared to the younger generation.
“Women in Cambodia can learn a lot from reading their stories,” she said.
Phauk disclosed that idea to produce a book came during a meeting last year with Ambassador Binh. According to Phauk, the ambassador was inspired to suggest we come up with the new book after reading another book they published earlier.
The book “Cambodia’s Women Leaders: 21 Stories of Grit and Resilience” was launched by Woomentum in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung last year.
According to Phauk, printed copies of the book, which is published in both English and Khmer, will be distributed to line ministries and business associations/communities, universities in Phnom Penh, Battambang, and Siem Reap.
An online version of the book can be downloaded for free in the Woomentum website.
Woomentum, according to Phauk, will be coming up with more women-oriented publications in the future, including one on “Opportunities and Challenges of Women SMEs”. The study covers Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar and will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.
Woomentum currently runs a media programme called “Women Tech Talk”, which airs on Apsara TV every Thursday (7pm to 8pm) and Saturday (4pm to 5pm).