Are Cambodian sayings discriminatory against women?


“Men are gold and women are white clothes”

“Sons should not cry as daughters should”

The Cambodian Young Women’s Empowerment Network (CYWEN) have debated whether phrases and proverbs should be accepted as “normal” speech or not?

Ms. Kim Maly, a student of Royal University of Law and Economics member of CYWEN said:

“For me, I always thought that those words are impolite and inappropriate to use at all. These words clearly show the comparison between women and men by providing low value to women and urged men do something better than women.”

Read more on the Cambodian Young Women’s Empowerment Network website.