11 October 2005

sorry, i have not written for a few days because democracy in Cambodia has taken a few steps back with the arrest(no warrant) of the owner and manager of democracy radio. 

When on air last night (thetopic was on women as decision-makers), i was thinking of Inge when a caler said: why should we give women equal rights when they take 6 months out of th eyear to have babies. What would you all have responded to that.

I am much older these days and the way i handle such questin is(think of this guy who really needs to be educated. He is with us, at least he called). SO my rsponse was: if women had the right and the oportunity to make their own decision maybe they would not make so many babies. It takes time and energy and smarts to make babies. 

sometimes one needs to be a bit lighter when confronted with such ignorance.

next week, i return to the radio show(if it is still kept open) and the topic is: rape.  

A colleague is spending 7 years in jail following a trial that brought much raction from the public and donor countries. His wife and daughter are seeking amnesty from the king who is too afraid of the prime minister to grant him the right he deserves to have. This is democracy in Cambodia.  

after war, it is stil hell for a long time if the people have not learned enough that election does not necessarily mean peace. And that is why women must be included in the negotiation way before war, during and after. it does not mean enough to the peace process if we can only celebrate a few women who win election. Of course it helps but this is only a show case.  

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