Chea Samnang

Catarina Furtado

“Ending violence against women requires the participation of all.”

Chea Samnang was born on Christmas Day in 1971 in the capital, Phnom Penh. He spent much of his childhood in the countryside, after his family fled the city during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. After the regime’s collapse, his family returned to Phnom Penh, where he went to school and completed his secondary education in 1988. He proceeded to a university in 1992 and became a doctor in 1999.

Dr. Chea Samnang has committed himself to working with youth, raising awareness about women’s equality, reproductive health issues and HIV/AIDS, which is referred to as his country’s 'second killing fields'. He is also an active advocate of gender equality.

He has appealed to men to stop gender violence since it harms not only women's health, but also the socio-economic well-being of families and the nation. “Ending violence against women requires the participation of all”, he stressed. He has asked the Government and local authorities to take action and enforce laws that criminalize such violence. The key to ending gender discrimination, he emphasized, would be to empower women in the family and in society to grant them equality in decision-making.

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