People from all walks of life want peace. Some people fight each other under the
pretext that they are seeking peace. Whatever the definition, whatever the strategy,
the ultimate goal is the same: a true and long-lasting peace.
True peace is cultivated from the very small cells of our society, individual, family,
community. But to cultivate successfully, we must prepare the land. Selecting the
family as the cultivating field for peace is appropriate because the family is where
people learn to respect the common interest, be confident, and trust others.
Long-lasting peace has to be maintained, protected and consolidated. The architects
for peace in the future are the youth of today. They must be taught and trained within
their own family, and their first teacher is the women.
Therefore the cultivation of women to restore the family ethic, and moral, social
and religious values, is an urgent need.
I bring this message on the occasion of International Women's Day, which was celebrated
world wide on March 8.
Keat Sukun - Former Minister for Youth, Sport and Women's Affairs - Phnom