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Navigating Prejudice for Equality: Women Tuk-tuk Drivers in Cambodia Defy Stereotypes

In Cambodia’s bustling tourist hubs of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, a quiet yet transformative revolution is unfolding. Brave women like Roeung Sorphy, Kim Sokleang, and Sieng Meng are boldly challenging stereotypes and defying societal expectations as they step into the male-dominated world of tuk-tuk driving in Cambodia. Their stories shine a spotlight on the ongoing struggle for gender equality, capturing the attention of both travellers and locals at a time when women’s working rights are under scrutiny by NGOs and the global community.

History in the Making as India Announces Landmark Legislation for Women in Parliament

By Tanya Maswaure

Women’s history may often feel ancient when we speak of it, but one might be surprised that it is still unfolding in front of our eyes. In a historic moment for women’s rights and political representation in India, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reintroduced a bill to reserve one-third of seats in the lower house of parliament and state legislative assemblies for women. This move comes after decades of anticipation and opposition from various political parties. However, as general elections loom, analysts believe the bill’s prospects have significantly improved due to reduced opposition.

Thai Politician Paetongtarn Shinawatra Leads Mothers in Politics

By Tanya Maswaure

Pregnancy is not an Impediment to Achieving Your Dreams.

For several years, women worldwide have been relegated to the backseat in several sectors, especially in modern politics, and as time progressed, women moved more into the working / professional field. A few adjustments to the male-dominated workforce had to be made to accommodate these hard-working women. Most early systems in policies were created to favour men and often did not consider women and their needs in the workplace. Sadly, the inclusion of women is a battle still being fought to date, yet women have not let this delay or deter them. In fact, some leaders lead by example and show the world that they can do it despite several obstacles. One such leader is Paetongtarn Shinawatra.

USAID Announces GROW Initiative to Help Women Face Threats From Climate Change, Food Crisis

Generating Resilience and Opportunities for Women (GROW) is an emerging program from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that addresses the urgent problems women face in the food and water systems, including climate change while permitting them to advance economically. This program will ultimately benefit their families, communities, and societies through increased food security, resilience, and economic growth.

New care entrepreneurship programme to boost women’s economic empowerment in the Asia-Pacific

The Gender-Inclusive Care Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Program (GICEEP) has been launched in the Asia-Pacific region, to help women turn the persistent and disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work into business opportunities and pathways towards full economic participation. Women-led business and women-benefitting enterprises in the care economy are encouraged to apply and join a 10-month business acceleration programme.

The programme is funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Visa Foundation, and implemented in partnership with Bopinc, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and the Swiss Association For Entrepreneurship In Emerging Markets (SAFEEM) and will be working with governments, investors, employers and other support organizations.