Category Archives : 1000.Cambodia


Mu Sochua (Cambodia)

“What I will not compromise on are poverty and violence against women.” Mu Sochua (born 1954) is deputy head of the steering committee of the opposition Sam Rainsy Party in Cambodia. A former minister of Women’s and Veterans’ Affairs, Mu spearheaded the drafting of the law on domestic violence and trafficking. A catalyst for policy […]

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Pung Chhiv Kek Galabru (Cambodia)

“Courage means to brave intimidation in order to do something for the people.” Kek Galabru (born 1942) is one of Cambodia’s foremost defenders of human rights. After studying medicine in France and practicing it while following her diplomat husband to various posts abroad, she became instrumental in achieving political peace in her country. In 1992, […]

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Oddom Van Syvorn (Cambodia)

“The Dhammayietra is not waiting for the next war to begin but comes to spread information everywhere and to call all to a change of heart, a Khmer heart, a soft, kind, gentle heart.” Oddom Van Syvorn (born 1962) is a Cambodian woman who has dedicated her life to promoting peace and non-violence through the […]


Chea Vannath (Cambodia)

“Not anymore will I allow only one party to lead my country.” Chea Vannath (born 1948) is President of the Center for Social Development (CSD), which promotes school curricula on transparency, monitors the courts and parliament and organizes public debates on the Khmer Rouge tribunal, corruption and other issues. After the Khmer Rouge seized power […]

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Oung Chanthol (Cambodia)

The suffering of women encourages us to work, to do more to help. We are human beings. We cannot ignore their situation.” Oung Chanthol (born 1967), was cofounder of the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC) in 1997 and is its current executive director. The CWCC has helped over 55,600 female victims of violence, rape and […]