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Educating Rural Women in Cambodia

Cambodian women have made progress: from 2004 to 2012, the proportion of women to men in higher education grew from 29 to 38 percent. Yet gender disparity persists, especially in rural areas. In this week’s blog, Siv Hong Lim writes on the Merali Foundation and The Asia Foundation’s local partnership with Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE) to establish the Cambodia Tertiary Scholarship Program, giving young women in Kampong Cham province a chance to earn their bachelor’s degrees. A first cohort of sixty-five students started classes in 2010. Ninety-four percent of them successfully graduated last September, and 92 percent have found full-time employment. A second group of 50 will graduate this fall, and 92 percent have already found full- or part-time work. Read more.

Educating Rural Women in Cambodia

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