Leading female land activists receive ANV training on active listening and communication skills

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PBO worked in partnership with Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) and LICADHO Canada (LC), offered active non violent training to nine leading female land activists on active listening and communication skills. In their learning activities and retreat, the participants were asked to break into three groups and practice with listening and communication skills. They all learned that authentic lis-tening was not easy to practice since it required patient and active listening. Everyone said active listening was a new skill that they had never heard, and because of the training, they realized that authentic listening and communication skills were more than just simple listening and a communication.

In group discussion: They learned that active listening requires emotional understanding, showing that you believe what the speaker says, openness, sacrifice (of resources and time). Communication is strengthened by active listening and under-standing.

– “A good listener makes the speaker happy, gives value, and avoids conflict. A good listener must think about ownership of the speaker’s story. Active listening needs physical appearance, and where to sit and talk,” Miss Leap Song, an activist said.

Tep Vanny, an activist women leader, was very interested in balancing of life. She learned to balance between community,family, faith, and herself.

– “I will give time for myself and my family, I will make sure it balances between my community, faith, family and myself so I can live with harmony with other people. We have to be patient in order to listen and keep confidentiality for some serious cases,” she said.

She also learned that the active listening that she learned from PBO is more than just simple listening. She will change the way she lives by starting to balance her life with work, faith, family and herself. She continued, saying that if she would not have learned such active lis-tening, her listening would not be quality listening. After she attended the training, she will change her attitude and develop herself better to become a good listener to the speakers, in order to solve problems if she can listen and hear clearly. Also she learned from our reflective games, learning how to work together as a team by making effort and being willing to reach the target. In the overall group, life balance was of crucial importance for the brave land activist women who will move forward with training in the area of working strategically and thoughtfully to demand their rights and justice through active non violence.

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