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AmCham’s Women’s Committee hosts progress and leadership event

Huy Teng

The American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (AmCham) Women Committee has celebrated female progress and leadership in Cambodian workplaces holding thoughtful discussions that focus on empowering, inspiring, and motivating each other.

The event hosted at the Courtyard by Marriott invited both members and non-members of AmCham as the chamber aims to build its women’s network.

Chair of the AmCham Women’s Committee Kim Tol Tan told Cambodia Investment Review it was a pleasure for the AmCham Women’s Committee to hold this type of event because it helps to reaffirm our commitment to continue efforts in empowering women through the inspirations of other women where they can relate and feel encouraged.

In addition to networking, there were also discussions regarding common obstacles facing female workers in Cambodia businesses

Kim Tol Tan AMCHAM
Chair of the AmCham Women’s Committee Kim Tol Tan.

Time management and limited opportunities remain obstacles

The discussions highlighted time management and limited opportunities for leadership positions remained a major obstacle with the need to combine both work and family life together.

“After I gave birth to my child I was required to stop work for two years and take care of my family. Working online was also difficult with issues regarding completing tasks,” said one of the attendees.

“Before work, I am required to undertake the household chores including that it can be harder for married women because of the family constraints,” said another.

Cambodia investment Review has previously reported on the Women & Leadership: How to Choose the Right Career and Become a Leader in Your Field.

The event aimed to provide useful insights from competent leaders to fellow entrepreneurs including how to prepare the soon-to-be high school and university graduates for major and career selection.

Lack of opportunities was another comment made adding that there are limited positions for women as leaders in top companies.

In Cambodia women own almost two-thirds of the nation’s micro-businesses, but less than a fifth of all small businesses and just a third of its medium-sized ones. There are currently no female leaders of the prominent international business chambers in Cambodia.

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