Opinion

Opinion: Building Cities for Everyone Is Crucial for Fair, Cohesive Society

For Cambodians at present, fully equitable mobility is not the reality, as cities are built for cars and motorbikes. Designing for visual impairments, pregnancies, all age groups and financial situations will create vibrant cities and a more cohesive society, writes Future Forum’s Ses Aronsakda.

Women politicians who ran in the June 4 election, Chao Ratanak, Orm Youreth and Sor Sarath.

Opinion: Cambodia’s Women Politicians Lead With Empathy, Pragmatism

In the recent election, it was women candidates who promoted empathy in policy. Empathy is stereotypically seen as feminine, and men who cultivate it can face ridicule. But empathetic leadership, beyond populist messaging, is needed and effective, Future Forum’s Theang Soriya says.

A lawmaker votes on legislation at the National Assembly on May 11, 2022.

Opinion: Should Cambodia Adopt a Gender Quota Policy?

Cultural barriers to greater women’s equality in Cambodia require a major shake-up to dislodge, and quotas — whether mandatory or voluntary — have been necessary globally to make even gradual progress, writes Future Forum’s Heng Molika.

A wheelchair-accessible ramp at Phnom Penh’s Aeon 2 mall on July 7, 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

Opinion: Cambodia Can Build an Inclusive Urban Landscape

Designing and building spaces with disabilities in mind will end up benefiting almost everyone at some point in their lives. But work is needed to overturn apathy, including formulating Cambodia-appropriate design standards, writes Future Forum’s Sek Aronsakda.

Artwork illustrated by Penkuro

Opinion: Sustainable Cities Are Born of Collaboration

Labeling buildings by sustainability; cost-benefit summaries showing reduced long-term costs: Architects, activists, construction managers, developers and government officers are coming together and raising action plans for Phnom Penh’s urban future.

Opinion: Revitalizing Phnom Penh’s Streets as Destinations

Phnom Penh’s streets are among the city’s few fully public spaces, and are key to a more vibrant and livable city. Future Forum fellow Ses Aronsakda floats an idea for turning St. 184 into a people-friendly “shared street” from riverside to Monivong Blvd.

A district security guard blocks a journalist covering the NagaWorld casino labor dispute on March 15, 2022.

Opinion: Defending the News That’s Fit to Print

Assaults on news media leave a huge gap, too easily filled by social media disinformation. Chaos in information plays out well for autocrats, who are happy to demonize those challenging false narratives, writes Annie Game, director of free expression group IFEX.

A woman wearing a mask sits behind police barricades during the strike against Nagaworld on December 19, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Opinion: Is Protest Contradictory to Cambodian Womanhood?

City Hall has said that NagaWorld women protesters have shown behavior “not suitable as Khmer women.” But why is this protest, and so many others in Cambodia, made up of mostly women? And is the act of protest really contradictory to the idea of Cambodian womanhood?