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The Cambodia Cafe

For a country carrying the burden of decades of conflict and violence, we believe that it is a pivotal moment for Cambodia and her people. With the Khmer Rouge trials now underway, a question of paramount significance is ringing through our ears: Will the trials offer the chance for the people of Cambodia to begin to heal from the past, and move forward? At the same time, there are many more forces shaping the future of the country, from corruption, trafficking, land-grabbing, and resource-degradation, to the networks of citizens who are joining hands to innovate and rebuild. At this crucial juncture in Cambodia's history, the world needs be informed by the most powerful of voices. We offer the Cambodia Cafe as a platform to spotlight the unheard voices of women leaders and changemakers, as well as those who support them. This group is an invitation to share your personal experiences, recommendations, and visions for the future of your country and her people.

This group provides a collaborative and safe discussion forum for you to share your thoughts, ideas, struggles, and emotions surrounding Cambodia, and to connect with readers and fellow activists through your personal story. We invite you to speak about the issues and obstacles women are facing in your communities, and to share the solutions that we can all work to accomplish together.

The following questions can help you get started:
• What are some of your personal experiences as a woman from Cambodia?
• How have you fueled your cause to incite change for your country and her people?
• What are your thoughts on the trials that have begun in Cambodia, and how do you feel this addresses the pain and suffering that has been brought upon the Cambodian people?
• How have you worked towards healing from both your personal wounds and that of your Country's, either individually or communally? And what advice to you have for other women or communities striving to find methods of healing and positive growth?
• What would you like the world to know about your homeland?
• What is your vision for the future of your country?
• Do you feel you face special challenges a woman in Cambodia? If so, what are these challenges?
• What do you feel are the biggest misconceptions about your country?
• What are the greatest rewards in your work, and what inspires you to continue in this work?
• What advice do you have for other women embarking on a similar journey?

There's no right way to contribute! Use this space to share your stories, post an introduction, a photo, or information about your organization—whatever you'd like!

We hope that you will encourage those around you to let their voices be heard as well! Use the "Share This" feature to invite your friends, colleagues, and any fellow parents you know. Be sure to check back with the group to keep the conversation going!

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