The year’s theme “Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals” highlights the importance of recognizing both individual and collective activities and responsibilities toward fostering peace as a step closer to gender equality. Gender equality is an integral component of building lasting peace. When women have equal opportunities, rights, and a voice in decision-making processes, societies become more resilient and inclusive.
As we celebrate this significant day, CARE International in Cambodia reflects on our partnership with prominent people of peace-building advocating for a focus on local communities.
Srey Sotheavy, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT), a local NGO based in Phnom Penh has dedicated more than a decade working in peacebuilding specifically among Indigenous communities and in addressing communal conflicts. ACT has been instrumental in bridging connections in communities facing issues ranging from environmental impacts to gender-based violence.
As a strong advocate for peace, Sotheavy firmly believes in the importance of peacebuilding and shared her reflections on the importance of the day: “Peacebuilding is crucial because conflict is an inherent part of life, and every individual must be aware of and conscious of the right way to act. We all need to work towards practicing appropriate behaviors in society by respecting all human rights for social justice.”