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International Women's Day, Women

Organisations to Support this International Women’s Day

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Press for Progress. With strong momentum striving for gender parity, this theme is fitting. By raising awareness for gender parity (which, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report is over 200 years away), we can move forward and make progress. By supporting the wonderful not-for-profits below, you can be assured that you are playing your part in the economic empowerment of women around the world.  ...

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Cambodia, Thoughts, Women

Let’s Talk about Sex (in Cambodia)

I once asked my former workmate how he managed to have sex with his wife when they only had one bed which his young son also slept on. “When my son falls asleep at night, I carefully push him to the end of the bed, then I have sex with my wife,” he answered, making me wish I had never asked the question. I also asked this friend if he slept with prostitutes. He darted his eyes from side to side, bowed his head, and answered yes. I asked him why. He told me it was out of respect for his  ...

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Cambodia, Empowerment, Human and Hope Association, Women

Is your husband being nice to you?

“Is your husband being nice to you?” “Yes, better than before. But he is jealous of me nowadays.” “Why is he jealous? Because you are earning more money than him?” “Because I went away for two days with the staff. The villagers mocked him as he had to look after the children instead of his wife.” “Don’t ever let what he says make you feel bad. Just remember how far you have come in your life, and be proud of yourself!”  ...

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Developing countries, Development, Empowerment, Human and Hope Association, Poverty, Women

After years of trying, we have been successful

Last month a sewing graduation was held at Human and Hope Association. This wasn’t your run of the mill sewing graduation, however. It was the very first time that we had retained ALL the students from the beginning to the end of the 10-month program. Six students from start to finish. Not only this, it was the first time a male student had stayed for the entire program. Established in 2013, the sewing program at Human and Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia, aimed to address the  ...

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