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MP Mu Sochua, to attend Global Ambassador’s Program in Haiti

February 23, 2012

photograph by Cattleya Jaruthavee

On February 28 to March 1, 2012 Cambodian Member of Parliament Mu Sochua will act as a Global Ambassador for the launch of the Vital Voices and Bank of America global mentoring program “The Global Ambassador’s Program” in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. The program seeks to resolve the women’s leadership gap by connecting the expertise of the world’s top women from business, media, government and civil society to outstanding emerging local women leaders. The 2012 program’s Global Ambassadors include: American actress and activist Maria Bello; Minister of Agriculture in the Republic of Liberia, Dr. Florence Chenoweth; a Marketing Executive at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Constance Morella, the former United States Government Ambassador to the OECD.

Haitian women’s voices are barely present in the country’s social and economic decision making processes. Currently, women make up less than 3% of Haiti’s Parliament. As a result, throughout the course of the past few months, Haitian women’s organizations have hosted 308 focus groups for women across the country to identify and develop policy platforms regarding key issues affecting Haitian women. The Global Ambassador’s Program will provide a space for local leaders to meet, consult, and develop their policy platforms under the mentorship of the Global Ambassadors.

During the program, Haitian women leaders will draft a set of policy priorities based on the issues identified by Haitian women across the country. Each Global Ambassador, including MP Mu Sochua, will mentor two extraordinary Haitian women leaders as they lead this consultative process to produce a National Women’s Platform. On March 1, the National Women’s Platform will be presented to President Michel Martelly to ensure the acknowledged policy priorities are accounted for in the next legislative cycle.

For more information regarding The Global Ambassador’s Program and Global Ambassador MP Mu Sochua, visit: sochua.wordpress.com.

Land is Life

The Sam Rainsy Party teams travel deep inside Cambodia to educate, mobilize and empower the people. 

Let us join our voice and let us take a big step forward through grassroots organizing.

Attended a Human Rights forum in Battambang

In 1997, over 10,000 hectare of the forest in the district of Koh Kralor were given to Khmer Rouge army officers and leaders in exchange for their re-integration and to stop the armed conflict.

The remaining 3,800 hectares of the forest were reserved for social concessions. 

Throughout the years, the former KR officers and leaders have sold part of the 3,800 hectares that are state land. In the meantime, villagers from the neighboring commune have cleared the remaining forest for farming.

The sale of the state land continues till today with the help of the commune chief, the village chief, and other former KR leaders with protection from police and the court. Villagers who have cleared the forest for farming are threatened, their crops destroyed and face arrest and detention.

I have intervened and rescued many villagers, including children who are arrested and detained. Villagers live in fear of arrest.

My question: why are local authorities allowing and are part of the sale of state land?

My solution: the committee in charge of land management should register villagers with no land and provide them land equally and with transparency, to end the dispute. 

My recommendation to the people: vote for a commune chief who will defend your land and not for a candidate who will sell your land.

A day after the forum took place, a woman is accused of stealing some type of farming equipment. The commune police are threatening with arrest. 

This is a threat and a message to villagers to not speak up against the local authorities.

Free Malaysia Today: Cambodia’s warrior woman

Stephanie Sta Maria | September 9, 2011

From thousands of miles away, Mu Sochua is fighting for the well being of every Cambodian domestic worker in Malaysia.

INTERVIEW

KUALA LUMPUR: Cambodian opposition MP Mu Sochua moves like a feline. Silent, solitary and very much alert. So when she arrived at the Tenaganita headquarters she indulged in a quiet moment of observation before being spotted.

Then the greetings gushed forth with the most ebullient coming from seven young Cambodian girls who could not believe that the voice they have only heard on the radio was standing before them.

The seven are among 41 domestic workers rescued by Tenaganita from abusive employers this year alone. Sochua, 57, came to Malaysia to hear their stories and to seek the truth behind the sudden death of another worker in Penang.

Choy Pich, 19, was found dead in her employer’s house on July 17. Police ruled that she died of pneumonia but Sochua believes that the teenager was beaten to death and is determined to prove it.

Any other guest on such a controversial mission to Malaysia would likely be intercepted by immigration officials and deported. But Sochua’s low-key movements enabled her to enter the country without any hassle.

Continue reading on Free Malaysia Today.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/09/09/cambodias-warrior-woman/

Building Democracy With Women

Building democracy with women is not just smart, it is fair and just. Building democracy is one step at a time and along the way there are moments of full fulfillment and moments of despair.
Along this work in progress of building democracy, I have come across powerful women – they are powerful because of their deep sense of worth and value.
At this moment in time, I am preparing a new team of young and very dynamic young women who are the future of Cambodia.

Proud to be a member of the opposition as it teaches me about values.

I have cried a river along the way and watching my people cross this rapid river to tend their land every day fills my heart with stronger determination that one day, we shall overcome.
When standing there to watch the women and the disabled man cross the river, tears came from the deep wholes in my heart.
I could not cross that river, that day.

My Dignity, My Beer- The Phnom Penh Post on August 03, 2011

Send your message of support to the women. I met them this afternoon. They are running out of energy but still determine to fight. They will win. But they need you to send strong messages to Angkor beer. Send your message to the women so they can read them every day. Send water. Send fruits. Send food.

Two of the women are pregnant.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011080350823/National-news/my-dignity-my-beer.html

PUBLIC INVITATION TO MEET MU SOCHUA IN MONTREAL, CANADA

July 31, 2011

Dear Compatriots,

We are very pleased to invite you, family and friends to a public gathering which will be held in honour of our elected member of Cambodian parliament, Ms. Mu Sochua. A former Minister of Women’s Affairs and

a leading human rights activist, MP Mu has been a defending champion of Cambodian women’s rights and dignity. She has been inspirational in her fearless journey to empower Cambodian women, promote and defend their rights and dignity.

This public gathering will be held on SUNDAY, August 7, 2011, from 2:00pm – 9:00pm, at Centre de Loisir located on 1375 rue Grenet, Ville Saint Laurent, Quebec, Canada.

For detail information and contact info., please CLICK HERE

Your supports and encouragement is vital to the cause of advancing Cambodian women’s rights and dignity inside our native land. Hope to see you all there.

Truly Yours,

Pretty Ma, SG

Sam Rainsy Party of North America
450-712 4998

Contact Info.
Mr. Pang Heng 450-934 3873
Mr. Chuop Samnang 514-543 1479
Mr. Tep Sokhavouth 514-678 8583