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Mu Sochua, MP
"Trust your daughters, they are faithful. Honor your daughters, they are honorable. And educate your daughters, they are amazing." ~Malala Yousafsai
Cambodia MP and Human Rights Advocate
11.25.2013 by Women's Forum
The Women's Forum interviewed Mu Sochua, Cambodia MP, Human Rights Advocate and speaker at the Women's Forum Myanmar 2013 about the place of women in Myanmar
Women's Forum: as a citizen of South-East Asia and as a woman, what do you think about the Women’s Forum that will be hosted in Myanmar next month?
Mu Sochua: "First, the choice of the location for the Women's Forum is very significant as it gives higher visibility with the participation of world leaders as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar is going through some significant democratic changes and the country's engagement in the world community will further promote people's participation in development, rule of law, the promotion of human rights and for women of Myanmar as for women in countries that are emerging from a one-party system and conflicts, the Women's Forum will put the women's agenda as a high priority. Economic growth must be tied to our women's ability to benefit from such growth as women are key actors in the protection of the environment, of the survival of their families and social justice. We have our South-east Asian values that are founded on family values but these values are challenged with globalization, migration, and gender-based violence."
MS: "When talking about rural poverty in Cambodia, we must address the issue of good governance and the power of the people to curb corruption which is part of our culture. The lack of transparency and accountability has a great impact on the efficiency of tax collection and management of the national budget. Very low salaries of less than US$100 per month forces civil servants to deliver quality services to the people. Over 30% of a family's monthly income is spent on health care and with bad quality. Trained nurses and mid-wives see no incentives in serving in the remote areas. It puts the lives of the people, in particular of women at very high risk. Cambodia has one of the highest rate of maternal mortality, of infant mortality and malnourishment. It is most essential that the people of Cambodia who demand change can see change through free and fair elections and the strengthening of democratic principles for people to have a voice to demand quality care."
WF: How can women best become agents of positive change in Myanmar and in South East Asia in general?
MS: "Investment in education and health care for the poorest populations, in particular of women is the best solution to positive change as it provides information, opportunity, security and a voice to women. Grassroots organizing allows for democratic space and lead to good governance that can promote rule of law. Taking the exercise of human rights as key to a life with dignity, free from hunger and fear, the protection of the basic human values and justice leads to more opportunity for women in making their free choices and to have control of their own lives.
As agents for change, women must first be given the same basic human rights to be part of their society and to lead in all sectors of development."
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