When Chay became the first ever woman elected to her local community council in rural Cambodia, she was determined to speak up for the women in her community.
But when she walked into the meeting, it quickly became clear that she wasn’t welcomed by her colleagues.
“Your job is to cook the rice,” they told Chay. “You’re just a woman.”
This was some of the discrimination that Chay faced in her role as a leader.
IWDA works with partner organisations in Cambodia who provide women leaders with training on public speaking, facilitation and women’s legal rights, and teach skills to influence decision-making.
Importantly, they also work with male leaders to raise awareness of women’s rights so they can become advocates for gender equality.
In a society where women are facing multiple barriers to leadership, IWDA’s partners urgently need support and resources so they can deliver more training. Will you please make a gift this International Women’s Day to help women lead?
Your donation can help women leaders to advocate for and create the change they want to see in their communities.