In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Asia Foundation is honoring eight stories of female ingenuity and bravery that have been chosen as winners of the Let’s Read! children’s story competition in Cambodia. Titled “Girls Can Do Anything,” the competition was organized to encourage the writing of children’s stories featuring dynamic female characters. The competition is part of the Let’s Read! e-book hackathon project, which incubates the creation of local-language children’s books in Asia. Five of the eight selected writers are women.
Competition winners took part in a story workshop on Cambodia’s National Reading Day, March 11. There they worked with editors to refine their stories, and they were teamed with an illustrator and graphic designer. On March 19, the teams gathered at a Let’s Read! e-book hackathon event in Phnom Penh to bring the books to life.
The Let’s Read! girls empowerment collection will be freely available online. It will be widely distributed through the Ministry of Education’s children’s digital library and other popular Cambodian e-book apps and websites. The books are intended for readers at the lower primary school level. To learn more, read this article from the Asia Foundation or visit this webpage.