Women lead sugar fight as Cambodia sours on land deals

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Women lead sugar fight as Cambodia sours on land deals

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:32 am

Women lead sugar fight as Cambodia sours on land deals
9 November 2017
PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For generations, Tep Them’s family has grown rice, reared cattle and collected resin from the forest to eke out a living and set aside a little extra.
Not any more.

Now, the women spend their days campaigning for the return of their land, while the men look for new ways to earn a living.

Like the rest of the community in Prame in northern Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province, Them lost land that her ancestors had cultivated when the government decided in 2011 to develop it under its Economic Land Concession (ELC) policy.

About 40,000 hectares (155 sq miles), home to 25 villages and nearly 25,000 people, were leased to Chinese sugar companies. Few villagers had titles to their land, with boundaries agreed by mutual consent.
They lost everything...
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-camb ... SKBN1D9216
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Re: Women lead sugar fight as Cambodia sours on land deals

Post by taabarang » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:50 am

Khmer women are made of strong stuff.
As my old Cajun bait seller used to say, "I opes you luck.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:13 pm

From the SEA Globe magazine series on inspirational South East Asian women. This month looks at Cambodia:

A wave of young female activists from Cambodia aim to shake up the patriarchy. Here’s how...
By: Holly Robertson and Len Leng

From the environment and LGBT rights to reproductive health and women’s empowerment, Cambodia’s female-forward young activists are blazing a new path.
The forcible removal of Cambodians from their homes has created a subclass of the dispossessed, with hundreds of thousands affected by conflicts over land. But the suffering endured by the mostly poor evictees, usually moved on to make way for corporate interests, has had an unintended side-effect: galvanising a growing wave of female Cambodian activists.

The women of Boeung Kak lake, whose noisy and vibrant protests on the streets of Phnom Penh have seen them arrested multiple times, are perhaps the best known, with news of the deal to fill in the lake and seize residents’ land resonating in media outlets around the globe. Yet they are far from alone: Cambodian women regularly spearhead land rights demonstrations, and in recent years some have even parlayed their newfound activism into entering the political sphere...
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:57 pm

Here's an article on another strong Cambodian woman, Boeung Lake activist, Yorm Bopha: her life, her struggles, and her temporary retirement from activism.

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Activist swaps protests for rural life
15 December 2017
The families who once lived around Boeung Kak lake in Phnom Penh have been protesting since 2007. Thousands have been relocated over the past decade after the lake was filled in to make way for a high-end housing development by Shukaku Inc.

Community members from the area, mostly women, have been tirelessly protesting and advocating for housing rights over the years.

Yorm Bopha, who is currently fighting to clear her name of an intentional violence conviction in the Supreme Court, is one of those protesters.

Once a prominent figure in the land rights movement, Ms Bopha has shied away from the limelight in the past two years, turning instead to a quiet life raising livestock in Kampong Chhnang province.

“I was pregnant and had a baby, so I took a rest from advocacy for a while,” she said. “It does not mean I have quit forever.”

She is adamant that she will stay out of civil society work until her second child is at least five or six years old. Despite this, Ms Bopha has a message for other land rights activists and social advocates.

“Please continue your action, do not stop, but make your case from a place of real emotion,” she said. She also has a plea to the government: “Please consider citizens and their livelihoods before any development, and avoid doing things without considering the consequences and pain that people will endure.”
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5096166/act ... ural-life/


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Re: Women lead sugar fight as Cambodia sours on land deals

Post by AndyKK » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:12 pm

taabarang wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:50 am
Khmer women are made of strong stuff.
Agreed, but one more for possible jail time.
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