by Mom Chantara Soleil
Kimleang, 16-year-old girl from Thalaborivath district of Stung Treng province, who attended the provincial launch of the so-called Girls Lead project of Plan International Cambodia 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.
Financed by Plan International Germany, the Girls Lead is a five-year intervention to capacitate and engage girls and boys as leading agents in innovative process to address gender inequality in Cambodia.
“Cambodia has made significant progress in bridging gender gaps in various sectors. However, there are still some challenges demanding our joint effort, particularly the gender roles and stereotype,” said Country Director of Plan International Cambodia Mr. Jan Jaap Kleinrensink.
“For instance, girls are expected to shoulder daily household chores. Indeed, 2016 study proved that 98% of girls were engaged in the routine. Also, less girls 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 Ratanak Kiri and Stung Treng, early marriage is still common. Domestic violence, limited child rearing ability, weak health as well as malnutrition for both the mother and the children are common among young couples.”
Mr. Jan Jaap Kleinrensink continued that with more than 80 years of grassroots development experience in over 70 countries across the globe, Plan International can tell that Cambodia is not alone facing the hurdles.
The Girls Lead project directly implemented by Plan International Cambodia in network collaborations with Child Advocate Network (CAN) and Young Women Leadership Network (YWLN) will effectively address the gender gap mentioned, he added.
According to the project owner Ms. Lorn Borrmey, through the intervention, it is expected that girls and boys in 52 child clubs in Siem Reap, Stung Treng and Ratanak Kiri province will learn through a new model called #Champions4Cambodia 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.
With all said, Kimleang and her friends who are already part of the child club will be main actors determining the success of the projects.
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