Are young men and women in Cambodia equal in terms of freedom of expression and access to information? DW Akademie asked young Cambodian media workers for their opinions.
As part of the Cambodian project "Youth Voices Matter!", funded by the European Union, DW Akademie and its partners took a survey among young people to see if they thought men and women had equal access to information and if women could express their opinions as freely as men.
One of the project's key goals is to strengthen the concepts of freedom of expression and access to information among Cambodian youth, particularly young women.
To do so successfully, it was important to find out: To what extent is there gender equality? Do young women and men have the same opportunities to access information and express themselves, and if so – do they make use of them in an equal manner? If not, what might be necessary to change this?
Youth Voices Matter! is being implemented by the national partners Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia (WMC), together with DW Akademie. Third parties are the Khmer Youth Association (KYA) and Youth Council of Cambodia (YCC). The project runs until the end of 2022.
Access to Information and self-expression are key aspects of MIL. In Cambodia, the project Youth Voices Matter! focuses primarily on young people, with media produced by their counterparts.
University students at two Cambodian universities attend the “Media 101” club in their spare time. The club aims to help students use media to participate in the public dialogue in a safe and respectful way.