HIV/AIDs leading workshop

On 28th of March, 2017. I am a part of a team that leads HIV workshop at my school. I am one of the session leaders. Before the workshop started I felt a bit nervous and scared about if I miss anything up. During the session I felt like I did well and proud of myself. The students that attend asked so many good questions. It was really valuable to share what I learned to other students about the problem of discrimination toward people living with HIV in Cambodia. I was presenting about treatments in Cambodia, it was really fun with our simulation on candy as medicine, the attendees seem interesting, focus shared a lot of ideas and asked a lot of questions.

My mission statement.

My mission statements are I will share what I learned from this expiration. My neighbor always told me that I am really skinny so I must have HIV. From what I learned I will explain to them about HIV and the problem of discrimination that needed to stop. My family and my relative, been carrying a lot of myth about HIV that it not even true at all. Once I go back to my hometown I’ll clear that up and really hope that they will understand. Not just to my family, I will all help spread this awareness to my friends that don’t know about HIV. I really hope that they will help and stop the discrimination toward PLHIV.

Visiting UNAIDS

On February 2018, I went on a field trip to UNAIDS. UNAID is an organization that works with the Cambodian government to help to spread awareness to Cambodian about the problem of HIV that is happening. My friends and I asked them a lot of questions that we wondered before that. We went to see and understand how they spread awareness of HIV to Cambodian. I learn in this class where we learned about HIV and we wanted to help spread awareness of this problem. Our project goal is to create a workshop for Cambodia students to join and let them help spread this information. Hiv is a problem in Cambodia because once someone test with HIV positive they feel ashamed and not wanting to get treatments, because of the environment around make them feel that way. So this problem needs to be solved. We hope our workshop would change someone perspective on this problem and make it better.

Why Cambodian girls can’t play football?

In Literacy class I wrote an article talking about Gender problem that still happens in Cambodia. 

 

WHY can’t girls play football?

Rathanak

A Cambodian mother once said, “girls can’t play football because they are weak, and football is not for girls.” Cambodian girls can’t play football is known from their society, community, and family. A lot of parents in Cambodia won’t allow their daughters to play a sport such as a football, even though it is currently popular in Cambodia. Even though the thought of that perspective; girls can’t play football, had changed over time. In the present time, there are still a lot of families that are not allowing their daughters to play football.

 

Cambodia society sees girls are weaker than boys so there are no reasons of girls playing football. Parents would say, because they love their daughters that is why they won’t allow girls to play football. They think that football is a dangerous sport and they don’t want girls to get hurt. Another reason is that Cambodian have this mindset of girls should stay home and do all the cooking so girls don’t have time to play football. Also, they don’t want their daughter to be a black sheep because no girls play football The mindset of,  “football is NOT a game for girls” still happen in Cambodia.

 

Savannu Pich stated, “My parent won’t allow me to play football because they think I am too weak to even play football, girls should stay at home to do chore so they can’t go out and play football and girls have no potential to play football well as boys.”

 

Sreyneang Oun said, “ The reason that my parents won’t allow her to play football is that football is not famous so there is no point of play sport that is not known by some people.”

 

Dalin Sao stated, “My parents won’t allow me to play football because football can cause injury which might affect my look, and I might get bullied by other people when I am not good at play football. ”

 

Around 10 years before this, Cambodian girls here are not allowed to walk and make loud sounds because if their neighbors hear it, they would think that, Cambodian girls are not a Cambodian girls that the society wanted. This is also parts of the reasons that parents in Cambodia are not allowing their daughters to play football.

 

In the last 10 years, some girls are not allowed to play football because of the action of boys in the society. Parents think that boys who play football usually do poorly in school that is why they don’t want girls to do the same. Also, the parents think that if they have a football team they would turn into a gang that no one wants those girls to be.  

 

All those perspective by Cambodian parents, “girls are not allowed to play football” is still happening in Cambodia currently. Parents do that because their perspective on this sport is that it is dangerous and girls should play it.