Cambodia is a hierarchically ordered society with traditional cultural attitudes and norms that discriminate against women and girls and limit their choices and options. Women remain marginalized with gender disparities in rates of literacy, education, employment, and in the percentage of women in the professions and government.

The following statistics illustrate the extent of the problems facing women and young girls in Cambodia , with figures stating that 45% of women are illiterate (70% are functionally illiterate); only 16% of girls are enrolled in lower secondary school (grades 7-9); only 5% of girls are enrolled in upper secondary school; only 30% of upper secondary school students are female; only 20% of university graduates are women; only 10% of National Assembly members are women; only 6% of the female workforce is paid; only 8% of Commune Council members are women; only 7% of judges are women; 23% of women have suffered physical domestic abuse.

Although the equal rights of women are formally guaranteed in the Cambodian Constitution, they are not sufficiently safeguarded and enforced by those in the corridors of power. In addition to this, women have very limited means to call attention to discriminatory practices or other specific problems relating to gender. This is generally due to their lack of legal awareness and limited knowledge of the rights and procedures available to them in order to exercise those rights. Only when women are made more aware of their legal position and the power that it affords them, can steps be taken to begin eradicating gender inequality and violence against women in Cambodia.

With all my love, Sarvina

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This is still the same in my country but my opinion is that as long as we continue to demand for our rights and challenge status-quo and stereotypes handed down to us ignorantly or consciously, we will be victorious....This is serious fight, I swear. Thanks sister and please keep on posting!

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

Hello Olutonsin,

Thank you so much sister for your nice opinion! I do hope in one day, my country has many of empowerment and educated women. Keep in touch....!

Kisses, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

Hello Sister,

Thank you for such a wonderful and informative article. This is why i love Pulse Wire so much. It is a place that women can share safely and openly, a place that we can learn from one another and inspire another. I look forward to reading more about your country and the women in it. Feel free to take a look at a call/need i have posted regarding letters from women. I think you would be perfect for this. I would love to hear from you.

Peace and blessings, Mia

Hello again,

I have a question want to ask you. Must it be sent to your email by September 15? Have a nice week!!!

Thanks, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

Hello Sister,

Yeah it is my pleasure to let everybody knows about Cambodia more! Pulse Wire is a wonderful place for me to learn and share everything that i want to say. Since I started to join in this site, i found that my English has been improved and i have learned many new things from empowerment women worldwide. Wonderful! I have read your post related with a Call/Need, it is so interesting and I would also like to join it if i'm capable to be a creative writer like you but my English is still poor. I think my weakness is English so I have to try so hard to improve my English language. Anyways, I want to try it and I hope I have a chance to learn from you if you don't mind. Thanks for letting me know about your new Project, it's a wonderful idea Her Voice!!!!

Thanks & Regards, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent


Thankyou so very much!!! It is a great network and look forward to sharing with women all around the world.

Have a beautiful day and will wait for your letter.


Hello Mia,

Thanks so much for sharing it! It's wonderful..... Have a wonderful week!

With all my loves, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

Sousday Sarvina! I hope you are well, as you work on the first VOF assignment. ENJOY it and write from the heart, using your intelligence and vision to make the change for the women and girls in Cambodia. I finally read your journal entry regarding the status of Khmer girls and women. It is startling reality but YOU refuse to be a statistic and you step up to educate and empower the young girls, women and ALL Khmer people to get an education. It is a BEAUTIFUL ACT of Compassion, Leadership and VISION. Take good care and sending you a BIG CYBER HUG!


With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Sousday Linda!

Yeah i'm very well and I hope you are well too. Of course now i'm working on the first VOF assignement but i have to take some more time to try to understand about Web 2.0 then i will try to write about it from my heart and mind. I feel so happy to see your nice comment, it inspires and urges me much to stand and be brave to write what i want. I know it is hard for me to give my voice as it's my first time i start blogging but i think Nothing Perfect and Nothing Impossible if we try even we know what the result is. Yeh, i just want all ladies in rural areas in Cambodia have a chance to get higher education; esp. all my ralatives are able to continue their study at University so now i'm just a good role model and leader in my family only.

Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Have a nice weekend.....! ralax and enjoy it.......

Take Care, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

Dear Sarvina,

I love the statement, "Nothing Perfect and Nothing Impossible" is a great motto to follow. Often we get stuck on moving forward because we are striving for perfection; and forget the value of experience, success and failures are excellent teachers. Sarvina, you are already using Web 2.0 as you communicate to the world about the realities and hope you have in Cambodia. Your own stories are communicated thru web 2.0 to the world, touching the mind, heart and spirit of people who care about the welfare of Cambodian women and girls. I look forward to reading your assignment when online! Enjoy the process and let your heart, spirit and words SING!!!

Have a wonderful weekend too! Take care sister Sarvina! linda

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Hello my dearest Sister Linda!

Yeah this motto is good for me so I have to Move on whenever I get stuck, never stop! Thanks for your lovely comment with your nice inspiration and now i understand what Web 2.0 is. I will post my first assignment as soon as i can before the due date. I'm looking to see your feedback on my post too and i will correct my mistake, it is like a statement said: Please Criticize to be the change! Enjoy your weekend....!

Take care, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

"Gambare" means in Japanese, Good luck and give it your very best, don't give up!

I look forward to reading your first assignment. They will assign someone to read your assignment, not sure if it will be me? However, I am happy to read and provide some feedback. Each assignment you will get feedback from two readers/listeners who are assigned to you for that week. They will give you encouragement and constructive feedback I believe you can only submit your essay/assignment one time. Each new assignment will allow you an opportunity to improve your skills!

It is good you are open to "constructive feedback" to improve your writing and expression in English. Enjoy the process and the joy of expressing your ideas and spirit through each assignment. By the end of week four, you will feel the improvement of your writing and how much you learned. :)

Gambare, Sarvina! linda

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Konnichiwa Shimai Linda!

Yeah I will post my first assignment tomorrow. I have done it but i have to take time to review before i submit it. Of course I hope after 4 weeks, i will improve a lot with my writing. I'm happy to get feedback....cos it can help me to develop myself. Before i join PulseWire, i always take time to type in my computer or write in my notebook but my writing is not good at all. I always use the same words again and again but now after i post some of articles here...i notice that my writing is being improved cos i get feedback from the others how to improve and develop myself so I think open to constructive feedback is a tool to lead us to get success.

Thanks so much that you always comments back to me and encourage me, I feel so warm with all your lovely comments!

Take Care, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent