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Garment workers in Cambodia

Garment factories can be a device that encourage young women to give up from schools because they want to get money as quicky ash they want to. However elemminating the garment factories will never end the the women from dropping from schools at all. Maybe we cannot do a lot of thing, but we can do a slight thing. I had vistied garment workers for three days to see the struggling life in the capital. I feel like there is no organization working on educating garment workers. Only some organizations, but they are working on the health of garment workers. I think if these women have a life skill education, it will be good for them to manage their income and their family's plan. I had joined the service learning in YPSA (Youth Power Social Action). They are also working on the garment workers' health. This is my personal opinion, there should be some organization are working on educating them. Because education make them to persieve thing differently. They make the best of their lives.

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JaniceW's picture

Chum reap suor

Ohasy,
It is so wonderful that you have joined YPSA and I applaud their vision to engage youth in the eradication of poverty and establishment of people's rights. Being the majority of the world's garment workers, you are right, it is essential to continue educating the garment workers as a step towards the improvement of their livelihoods.

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in Washington, D.C., is actually collaborating with Gap Inc. on such a program providing training in life skills, such as problem-solving and financial literacy, as well as workplace skills to help women advance beyond entry-level positions. They piloted the program in India and have already seen results in the women taking on responsibilities and assuming leadership roles. The self confidence that has arisen from the program had also led to being able to communicate better and more effectively at work and in their homes; problem solving in the workplace and greater respect from their family members. So indeed such programs are effective and you might be interested in learning more about ICRW's programs at ICRW.org.

However, we also have a social responsibility to ensure that our actions do not directly or indirectly cause the distress of others. We need to raise awareness among purchasers of such products as when we buy these products, we are supporting the way they are manufactured and sold. We can do our part by demanding greater transparency from retailers and making it clear that unethical practices and less than a living wage for workers is unacceptable.

Ar kun for your thoughts and I look forward to hearing more about your work with YPSA. Best wishes,
Janice

phasy's picture

Dear Janice Are you

Dear Janice

Are you Cambodian? If no, I am really impress how do you know my language. Now I stopped interning in YPSA, I went there only for three months, but I have learnt a lot. Thank your for introducing me about ICRW. I will look at their programme.

Warm Regard
Phasy

JaniceW's picture

Ar kun

hi Phasy.... Sok sabai chea tay? I am consulting with Veterans International (working with people with disabilities) in Phnom Penh for a few months and am loving your country. Am off to Sihanoukville for their staff retreat this week and can't wait. Best wishes,
Janice

phasy's picture

Hahahaha, khgnom So sabai

Hahahaha, khgnom So sabai chea tay!! Chos nak vegn? (and you?) Now are you in Cambodia? I hope you enjoy the beach at Sihanoukville, and you enjoy eating khmer food. Thank you very much for loving my country. What is khmer food do you like the most?????? And thank you very much for helping disabilities people in my country. We are proud to have you in country.

Best Regard
Phasy

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