Gender in the Global Community Student Fellows Meeting with Guest Speaker Mu Sochua
Participation in this event is open to Gender in the Global Community student fellows only.
The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Project on Gender in the Global Community (GGC) will host Mu Sochua, Deputy Leader of Cambodia's Opposition Party and human rights activist, as guest speaker at the GGC student fellows bi-monthly meeting on Friday, October 12, 2018, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in 019 Bendheim Hall. Sochua is visiting the Woodrow Wilson School as the Joseph S. Nye Jr. ’58 International Affairs Lecturer.
Mu Sochua spent most of her young adult life in exile in the United States, the daughter of parents who disappeared when the Khmer Rouge regime took control of Cambodia in 1975. When she returned to Cambodia in 1991, she strove to rebuild her country, first by founding Khemara, a nongovermental organization for women’s empowerment, and by joining the National United Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful and Cooperative Cambodia party, known as FUNCINPE. Sochua eventually won a seat in Parliament, where she served as the first minister of women and veterans’ affairs between 1998 and 2004. Under Prime Minister Hun Sen, Sochua stepped down and became vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the country’s main electoral opposition party. Still dedicated to her work in combating sex trafficking and promoting gender equality, she received a Vital Voices’ Leadership Award and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Sochua is living in exile after Hun Sen dissolved the CNRP and threatened its leaders in 2017. She is fighting to ensure the restoration of democracy and freedom in Cambodia.