It’s a man’s world: The women cracking Cambodia’s IT sector

A classroom full of young men and women sit concentrating on their laptop screens, sitting in a U-shape configuration facing the wall, occasionally turning their heads to look at the white board explaining basic instructions and IT terms.

Among the students is Sar Srey Em from Ratanakiri province. She went through a strict selection process with French non-profit Passerelles Numeriques Cambodia (PNC), which provides a free post-high school education in IT for people from poor and rural backgrounds.

Coming from a remote town 10-hour’s drive from Phnom Penh, Sey Em has regularly encountered the stereotype that women like her are not capable of working in the IT sector.

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