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Day 8, Mu Sochua: MAKERS Celebrates 20 Women of the 1995 UN Conference on Women

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing, we're featuring 20 incredible women on MAKERS who participated in the largest ever international gathering of women.

Mu Sochua was studying in San Francisco when the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia in 1975. She spent the next 18 years in exile. Upon her return to Cambodia, Mu dedicated herself to rebuilding her war-torn country. She was inspired by her experience at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women to enter politics.  After being elected to parliament, she championed legislation aimed at stopping human trafficking and domestic violence. Mu has help train thousands of Cambodian women to run in local elections, with hundreds winning vital positions. She remains a leading opposition voice, often advocating for Cambodia’s most impoverished and disenfranchised citizens.

Check back here as we unveil more stories from these incredible women, as part of a special countdown culminating in the announcement of a MAKERS surprise.

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