i4i INNOVATION FOR IMPACT: BUILDING SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, CONFIDENCE AND NETWORKS FOR GENDER ADVOCACY

(Phnom Penh, November 26, 2019) – For three days, i4i Innovation for Impact, an initiative by UN Women Cambodia, brought together 68 young women aged between 17 and 26 from across the region to Cambodia to explore, learn, create, connect and act for gender equality.

Over the course of the event, focused on the theme of women and work, participants were given a chance to share and analyse their personal experiences and build their skills, confidence and networks for gender advocacy, while learning about self-expression and communication from experienced professionals.

Feminist vlogger Catherine Harry, one of the 8 professionals on hand to provide information and guidance said, “I believe that i4i is a really great opportunity for women to build support, to create allies, because women need to lift each other up. We need more voices from women.”

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“The young women who took part in i4i demonstrated the amazing potential of Generation Equality as a force for change,” said Sarah Knibbs, UN Women Acting Representative in Cambodia.

The participating women will enjoy four more months of support from mentors who will help them implement their ideas and visions in their communities. They will have a chance to showcase their activities in March 2020 as part of the International Women’s Day celebration.

As Dinh Hung Thanh Trang, a participant from Vietnam puts it. “I just hope we can make the world a better place.”