by Sela Mao, Children’s Future Communications Associate

The recent International Women’s Day was celebrated around the world and in Battambang, to inspire our children to think more carefully about themselves, their gender, and their roles in society. For the holiday, the children attended a workshop that help them understand gender and gender roles in Cambodia. In Cambodian society, women are expected to bear the children and be homemakers while men are expected to be the head of the household and financially responsible for their family. But in today’s society, children notice the differences in how men and women act, as well as the ways that people of both genders can contribute to childcare and economic support for the family. Men still hold most of the power in our society, but International Women’s Day was a chance to teach our children, both girls and boys, that their future dreams and success should be based on their talents and goals, not their gender.