Access to Education is not Enough

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” And I strongly agree with his speech. And I also believe that education is the pillar of women’s empowerment. It has the ability to fight for gender equity by unlocking opportunities for girls. Throughout Cambodian history, we, girls, had very limited options due to our “gender.” We were forbidden to make loud noise while walking because it was seen as disrespectful to […]

Hammering Home: Fixing Mindsets with the Tool of Education

“Girls do not need to learn a lot because they cannot avoid plates and pots.” This is a phrase that gets stuck in Khmer elders’ minds, and it adversely affects girls’ education, girls’ lives, girls’ societies, and girls’ countries. Growing up in the province, I always heard this phrase, and it is a common belief that a woman is supposed to feed, support, and take care of her family. So, what is the point of receiving a high education if […]