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What should young Cambodians consider before getting married?

Kao Sokunpharady, 19, second-year student at Royal University of Law and Economics
“Before youth get married, they should have a think about education. If they are educated, they have more opportunities for good jobs and they can support their family. This can give their children a bright future, and offer security and happiness to the whole family. Women have to select their future husbands wisely – they need to consider if he can offer a good life, if he is a good person, and if he is non-violent and honest.”

Seng Socheata, 20, second-year students at Institute of Foreign Languages
“The most important factors that youth need to think about before getting married is education and skills, because a successful job can lead to a happy family. Also, young Cambodians need to consider how independent they are before getting married, as there will always be hardships to overcome. Finally, youth need to take ethics and responsibility into account – they should make sure that they are entering an honest relationship.”

Leng Kompeak, 22, fourth-year student at Royal University of Law and Economics
“Young adults need to consider living standards, health and age before getting married. We have to bear in mind that we need to financially support a family and maintain quality living standards for our children and future generation. We should consider the age and health conditions of our future spouse to make sure we are a good match.”

Lim Licheng, 20, Second-year student at Economics & Finance Institute
“Young Cambodians need to figure out at what age they’re ready to enter marriage and start a family. Also, we shouldn’t rush into marriage – we need to know our future spouse carefully, to make sure our characteristics, and even backgrounds, match. Both families should agree to the marriage. Of course, young Cambodians need to have enough money before getting married, or it won’t work – it might lead to divorce.”

Hout Samnang, 19, ?first-year student at Department of International Studies
“Young couples should consider sexual health first, before getting married. A couple should have a blood test; otherwise, there could be a lot of trouble and regret down the road. Also, young Cambodians need to know whether or not they are ready to financially support a family and good living standards. Preparation and responsibility are vital to a successful marriage.”



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