Project to Enable Girls to Learn, Share, Create and Lead Launched

A five-year project to capacitate and engage girls and boys as leading agents in the process to address gender inequality has been kick-started at Stung Treng province of Cambodia.

The launch of the 2018-2023 project was chaired by the province's deputy governor H.E. Keo Savoeun yesterday at the provincial hall.

Though significant progress has been made, there remain some gender gaps in Cambodia as well as Stung Treng that need supports from development partners as well as private sector to address so that girls' voices particularly in leadership are well heard, she underlined.

According to the project owner Ms. Lorn Borrmey, at the end of the project financed by Plan International Germany, it is expected that girls and boys in 52 child clubs will learn through a new model called Champions for Cambodia used to stimulate in-depth, evidence-based gender, and contextualised concept.

They will then share the knowledge attained with their community via live educational and consultation show branded as BellSound, create collective actions through Small Grants for Gender Equality, and lead through role modelling and advocacy at commune, provincial, and national levels, she added.

Similar provincial launch took place and will happen in two other provinces � Siem Reap and Rattanakiri � where the project targets at.

Kimleang, 16-year-old girl from Thalaborivath district of Stung Treng province, who attended the provincial launch of the project along with her four female and male friends, was thrilled and enthusiastic to be part of the intervention.

I am so happy to learn about this new project. I believe that I will be able to gain new knowledge and practice it so that girls and boys in my community can enjoy equal opportunities to help our country, said Kimleang who wishes to become a good doctor.

Gender gaps in Cambodia includes gender roles and stereotype, in which girls are expected to shoulder daily household chores. 2016 study found that 98 percent of girls were engaged in the routine.

Also, less girls � comparing to their male counterparts � are having access to tertiary education, and negative perception remains there for girls and women's in leadership roles.

Particularly for the north-eastern part of Cambodia, including Rattanakiri, early marriage is still practiced. Domestic violence, limited child rearing ability, weak health as well as malnutrition for both the mother and the children are common among young couples.

The Girls Lead implemented directly by Plan International Cambodia well aligned with the commitment of the Royal Government of Cambodia to promote girls' qualification to effectively take up more decision making role in the future, concluded H.E. Keo Savoeun.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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