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In May 2016, a team of volunteer Tech2Empower Advisors traveled to Cambodia to learn firsthand about women's rights and human trafficking. The team conducted an interactive “Tech2Empower” workshop for leaders of anti-trafficking and women’s rights NGOs. Through T2E, Advisors contributed their skills and expertise to provide training and mentoring to help amplify the work of women's organizations and to support the next generation of women leaders. Beth Kanter, internationally renowned trainer, blogger and author, was the T2E facilitator and master trainer.

During the trip the Tech2Empower team provided technology and communications training to 27 NGO leaders to help amplify their work against human trafficking and gender-based violence. USAID’s Development Innovations 5D Lab hosted the T2E workshop in Phnom Penh. 

The T2E team made meaningful connections with young women leaders in Cambodia. At Harpswell Dormitory and Leadership Centers for Women, the team delivered trainings and shared tips on leadership, personal branding and career advancement with 90 university women from across Cambodia. Also, the US Embassy hosted us for a roundtable discussion with women from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).

We visited Hagar International to learn about their work supporting survivors of trafficking, and throughout the week learned a great deal from the strong movement of social entrepreneurism prevalent in Cambodia. The T2E team spoke at an event with social entrepreneurs at the Impact Hub in Phnom Penh, and ate most of our delicious meals at the social enterprise restaurant operated by the Tree-Alliance’s Friends.

WAKE’s work in Cambodia is continuing with virtual training for T2E participants, and the launch of the T2E Fellowship in October 2016. Through this Fellowship, several NGOs will receive financial support, training and mentoring to implement a tech or communications-related project that will advance their work on the rights of women and girls.


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