A telltale clue

Motorcycles are the number one mode of transportation in Cambodia, with millions of them on the roads. Often, riding behind cyclists, it is difficult to know if they are men or women–unless the women are wearing dresses–because even in this normal 85º to 100º weather, Cambodians wear heavy jackets and scarves. And gloves. But the gloves are generally restricted to the women drivers who are wearing the gloves to protect their hands not from wear and tear but from the sun. As little skin as possible is to be exposed to the sun lest it be tanned or darkened.

Meeting Day 2

While Sophy was representing DDP at the UN Human Rights training session in Phnom Penh (yesterday’s post), three others of our staff went to Kampong Cham Province with UNDP to meet with the governor’s office.

Mr. Song Sit from the United Nations Development Program spoke to the group about building up the deaf community in Kampong Cham Province.
Mr. Vanna spoke more about the program as Sreynuch interpreted into Cambodian Sign Language.
Working in small groups was an especially important part of the program because the Kampong Cham deaf group has developed to where they are having substantive discussions.
Another positive development displayed at the meeting was the ability and willingness of deaf persons to speak up for a point of view

Meeting Day

Today was a significant meeting day for the Deaf Development Programme. We were invited to attend a training organized by the UN Human Rights office in Phnom Penh, and we were requested to meet with UNDP and the governor’s office in Kampong Cham Province.

Here Sophy (with the microphone), part of our DDP management team, answers questions about deaf people’s access to the judicial system at the UN Human Rights training in Phnom Penh.