Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - LGBT leader earns award at Berlin fest

LGBT leader earns award at Berlin fest

LGBT leader earns award at Berlin fest

Sou Sotheavy, founder of the Cambodian Network for Men Women Development, an organisation dedicated to advocating for the rights of the LGBT community, has been awarded the David Kato Vision & Voice Award.

Presented annually at the Berlin film festival, the award goes to an individual who has demonstrated unparalleled leadership and courage in advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Sotheavy experienced horrific persecution at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, including torture, rape and a forced marriage to a woman, despite identifying as a woman herself. Now in her 70s, she plans to invest the $10,000 prize into the organisation she founded.

“I will fight until the end of my life. I will not stop until the rights for LGBT exist like for other people,” Sotheavy said at Friday’s award presentation.

The award was inspired by the efforts of David Kato, a Ugandan human rights activist, murdered in Kampala in 2011.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court

    Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included a

  • Cambodia nabs 12th place in best retirement destinations

    Cambodia is an expatriate hotspot for those dreaming of living a more luxurious lifestyle at an affordable cost, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2019. For the fourth year in a row, Cambodia took the top spot in the Cost of Living category.

  • EU starts EBA withdrawal

    The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”. However, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said

  • PM: War result of foreign meddling

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that Cambodia’s recent history of conflict was caused by foreign interference. “The wars that happened were caused by provocation, incitement, support, smearing and interference from foreign powers, and the group of ignorant people who pushed Cambodia to