Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health

von Harry Catherine, Nhek Pichponreingsey

The article is part of the book series Cambodia 2040, which is published by Future Forum and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Cambodia. Enjoy the read!

Having access to quality sexual and reproductive right can be the difference between a life spent in poverty and an empowering life; especially when it concerns young girls and teen pregnancy Social change, like any other kind of change is driven by the desire of the human population and how they navigate their lives while fulfilling their basic needs on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as best as they can in the time that they are given to adapt and evolve. Having over 50 per cent of the population being under the age of 24, the future of Cambodia looks bright and full of possibilities. “Only in societies where men and women have equal rights and responsibilities will reproductive rights be equally shared by all.” (UNFPA, 2014).

Short story:

In order to fully understand the vision that we have, let us imagine ourselves from a pair of eyes that is right between childhood and the bloom of adulthood. At 17 years old, Sabrina is a senior at Preah Sisowath high school. Today has started poorly. Whilst she is seated in class, she has realized that her menstruation has come earlier than usual, and she has forgotten to bring any extra ecopads! Thankfully the school provides facilities to receive free tampons and menstrual pads for this very instance. For third period today, Sabrina is excited for her favorite class, sexual reproductive health and rights class. Last week, Miss Songkran said they will be learning about consent. Miss Songkran is a trained teacher from a government program, and she is very knowledgeable in this field. After class, Sabrina goes home to find her sister visiting her. Her older sister, 24- year-old Veha, moved out to live with her boyfriend a couple of months ago. Veha is considering a contraception method and discussing the matter with her parents. Sabrina was able to recount the lesson of her class that day to remind her sister that there are contraception methods for both men and women being offered as part of the Cambodian universal health care plan.


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