Nominated Asian Girl Ambassador 2014: Rashmi Lamsal

Name: Rashmi Lamsal

Organization: Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal

Awards/ Achievements: (1) Youth Activist Against Female Foeticide (2) Participant in Debate and Essay Competitions for Gender Equality, Women Empowerment, Child Abuse, and Rape (3) Participant in “Say No to Girl Child Abortion” Rally (4) Participant in the “Fight Back” Rally on Self-Defense for Girls

Introduction:

I am a sixteen year old student studying in the twelfth grade, who is an active member of the Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal Organization. Through this organization, I have participated in rallies like “Say No to Girl Child Abortion” and various workshops to empower girls in our society. I have participated in various debate and essay competitions concerning gender equality, the empowerment of women, child abuse, and various rape cases. I have also participated in workshops that discuss major issues of Nepali society that concern empowerment of girls who do not realize they are being discriminated against.

Through the Asian Girl Campaign, I would be able to further empower Nepali girls in hopes to bring an end to gender violence and discrimination. Whether I am awarded the award or not, it is my passion to raise the voice of girls against gender abuse. I have a lot of experience and leadership ability gained during leading and being involved in workshops that will help me make this issue known to a wider audience throughout my life.

I have also learned self-defense through the workshop “Fight Back.” This event taught girls techniques to escape dangerous situations that could lead to rape. Afterwards, I taught these same techniques to my family and friends. In addition, I have been a member of the youth advisory board’s “My Right, My Voice” Campaign, which calls for better health facilities for girls in remote regions.

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Nominated Asian Girl Ambassador 2014: Kimleang Chhonran

Name: Kimleang Chhonran

Organization: Cambodia’s Sports and Leadership Training Academy (SALT)

Awards/ Achievements: (1) Soccer Player through Mighty Girls (2) Girls Football Coach (3) English Teacher through SALT (4) Mighty Girls Festival Leader (5) Life Skills Teacher (6) Strong Advocate for Girls’ Equal Rights in Sports and Education

Introduction:

I have been playing football and volunteering through SALT Academy for the past three years, since I was thirteen years old. I coach girls’ football teams as well as teach English to many of the girls that are unable to attend school because of the poverty of their families. I weekly teach two football teams, each team two times per week, and practice five times per week. I have also been a part of the Mighty Girls football festivals throughout my community, where we teach life skills, such as human hygiene and ways to combat human trafficking, as well as lessons concerning goal setting. When Cambodia celebrates holidays for women, we teach specific classes geared towards girls’ issues. Many of these events are far in the country, so we have the opportunity to invite the girls to play football and attend school at SALT Academy if they do not have the chance otherwise.

Through the Asian Girl Campaign, I would be able to show many in my country that girls can travel abroad and succeed in education and sports. I also want to spread awareness of trafficking for work and early marriage in Cambodia. I want to be a strong role model for other girls, showing them they have rights and can still study without early marriages. Girls have just as much of a right to have a successful career as men.

Since I am an experienced football coach, I am good at communicating new skills and leading others. I have experience teaching at our football festivals on issues such as self-defense, personal hygiene, girls’ rights, drug abuse prevention, and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Before SALT Academy began, most girls did not play football in Cambodia, or even know what it was for that matter. People assumed that boys were the ones who played sports and could continue in school. Little by little, I am proud to say this is changing in Cambodia.


Hear Kimleang talk about issues affecting Cambodian girls and how she’s making a difference through her life’s example: http://english.rti.org.tw/whatsOn/?recordId=7302 (To listen to the radio program, click the headphones icon beside her name “Kimleang Chhonran”.)

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Kimleang learns to play drum with Madagascar Women

Kimleang learns to play drum with Madagascar Women

Kimleang winning an Award

Kimleang winning an Award

Kimleang at an Aid Event

Kimleang at an Aid Event

Nominated Asian Girl Ambassador 2014: Samphos Sim

Name: Samphos Sim

Samphos teaching life skills

Samphos teaching life skills

Samphos Playing Football

Samphos Playing Football

Organization: Cambodia’s Sports and Leadership Training Academy (SALT)

Awards/ Achievements: (1) Girls’ and Boys’ Football Coach (2) Teacher of Gender Equality Classes at Football Festivals (3) Football Player and Student through SALT (4) Participant in SALT’s Leadership Training Classes

Introduction:

I am currently a football player and teacher through the SALT Academy. My parent are farmers and have three children, so when I was young, I had to work on the farm instead of having the opportunity to attend school. After I got involved in SALT, I have had the opportunity to attend school, learn a sport, and become a good coach and leader.

I have been involved in SALT’s leadership training as well as teach gender equality classes at various football festivals we organize. We are also able to visit different communities to teach children soccer skills and host educational workshops. I also coach girls’ and boys’ soccer teams, especially concentrating on being a good role model for the girls in my community. I want to teach them that they are equally capable to play football and also complete their education.

I hope to become a better leader through the Asian Girl Campaign and share what I learn with my team, players, family, and community. Through this, my goal is to become an even better role model for the girls I coach, as well as girls throughout Cambodia and the rest of the world.

It is important that girls know they are equally capable of playing football, being leaders, and receiving an education. In the past, I have been told that girls cannot play football, but this is obviously not true. I have coached and played this sport and feel that girls have been empowered through their experiences at SALT Academy. My supportive family has allowed me to do things I would have never been able to do before, but many girls in Cambodia must marry early without the choice of playing football or studying. This overall attitude of women is one that must be adjusted.