Cambodia: Women in the thick of mine, UXO clearance


In past decades, only men were involved in work to clear mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). But now many women are doing the job and even leading such teams.

As of November 30 this year, there were 2,309 demining personnel, of whom 647 are women. So what inspired them to take on such dangerous jobs and work alongside the men?

Cambodia Self Help Demining (CSHD) executive director Sophin Sophary and women officials of Halo Trust Cambodia (HTC) told The Post that both sexes were equal in social work despite the dangers. Considering women to be weak and unable to handle mine clearance smacks of discrimination, they said.

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Source: The Phnom Penh Post