Literacy…an invaluable gift unwrapped

Labour rights article written on the 16 Dec 2010

Photo: Danielle Cantlon/OxfamAus

Whether working in a Phnom Penh garment factory or living in a remote rural village, literacy can be a ticket towards a better life.

Cambodian women play a crucial role in the development of their country’s economy—particularly in the garment industry where women represent more than 90% of workers. Yet the vast majority of these women come from impoverished backgrounds.

The majority of garment workers are single women between the ages of 18 and 24 who have migrated to Phnom Penh from rural villages. They have low levels of education and literacy, which can make it difficult for them gain better control over their lives.

By purchasing the literacy classes Unwrapped gift Card you can help provide adult literacy classes in Cambodia. With literacy, young women can achieve greater empowerment, mobility, and access to decision making processes.

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