Sotheary You

Country representing



Khmer (Cambodian)


  • Duke University
  • Master of International Development Policy

Current organisation

Next Women Generation and Life of Women Human Rights Defenders

Current role


Skills and Expertise

Project management
Public policy

Areas of interest

Human Rights
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about


Since I was very young, I have strived to be a role model for other young people and the community at large. Today I am a seen as an inspirational young leader in Cambodia, and I am often invited to speak at public events and on the radio. I started my community work at the age of 13 to help my community to overcome child-education challenges. At that time, I created a sharing-knowledge classroom in the community to share English knowledge to other children. Between 2004-2007, I volunteered at the Department of Culture and Fine Art in my hometown. Currently, I founded the Next Women Generation project which aims to provide a platform to share their life experiences, especially their education and challenges, that make them be influential leaders today. The project reached and engaged thousands of people on its Facebook page by the end of January 2019. Also, I am a founder of the Life of Women Human Rights Defenders project (LWHRDs). LWHRDs is an oral history project that aims to raise public awareness regarding issues faced by women human rights defenders in Cambodia. The project documents and publishes the life stories of women human rights defenders on a website and uses social media to reach and engage with a broader audience. As a result of the project, stories of women human rights activists have been published and reached thousands of people around the world. I have led a number of youth groups such as Youth for Sharing in 2012 to raise awareness of the rural community in Cambodia on climate change. In 2014, I led a sing campaign "March 8 Singing Campaign" to promote women's rights in Phnom Penh, following by the discussion with people who participated in the campaign.