Although Cambodia does not have a united feminist movement, like those that have brought about major political and social changes in more progressive countries throughout the world, individual women around the country are taking power and making moves that are paving the way for future generations of women to achieve true equality with their male counterparts.
While feminism is interpreted in many ways, it is generally understood to be the philosophy that women should have the same rights, treatment and opportunities as men. In Cambodia, women are often seen as the leaders of the family, but in most other spheres, such as business and politics, the influence of women has been historically marginalised.
However, groups of women are coming together online and on the ground to change the situation. In this issue we hear from Mu Sochua, one of Cambodia’s most outspoken women, who has become a potent political force and has made her voice heard by the masses. Other woman in this issue have used their knowledge and experience to encourage and enlighten the next generation of woman to be strong and successful. While there may not be a women’s rights movement in any formal sense, women are undoubtedly moving in Cambodian society towards a better future.
The role of women in the Kingdom is often seen as that of a homemaker and supporter, but we know that women have all of the abilities of men, and should have all of the opportunities. You can be a successful mother and wife in the home while being a successful professional out of the house, and moreover you can be an influential woman without having a family at all.
There are no limits to what a woman can do. In this issue we invite women who have already achieved success to share their experiences and hope that their strength will inspire you to find greatness in yourself. LIFT