We are not going to propose the complete and immediate elimination of these poems from Cambodian schools and homes -- that's not realistic, nor is it our right. Instead, we ask that Cambodians examine these poems critically, with a modern and analytical eye and a healthy amount of skepticism.
These are the voices of our future leaders, students of the Asian University for Women (AUW), the first women's liberal arts college in Asia. These women wake up everyday with a passion to make a difference for themselves, families, and cultures.
When provided with the opportunity, we know that girls can significantly benefit from the economic, emotional and physical self-determination that an intentionally-crafted sport for development program can offer.
Is it enough to have an institution with a stated commitment to serving women? Or does an institution have to serve a client base that is proportional to the male-female population in the region? Or are there other factors we need to measure?
Many in Edna's position might have justifiably chosen to rest on their laurels. Instead, upon retiring from WHO, she decided to continue giving back to her country. Edna is a humanitarian of a different sort -- cut from the same cloth as Mother Teresa or Paul Farmer.
In the United States, we have a growing and significant problem where young girls are sold for sex. As part of our global commitment to improve the lives of women and girls, we can't forget these vulnerable girls in our own communities.