Having a desire to find out about people and their approach to life – their way of thinking about the meaning of life and pursuit of happiness, landed me an opportunity to initially be involved in a project with CARE called “Labor Rights of Female Construction Workers” (LRFCW) as a Data Collector. I went to construction sites in Phnom Penh and saw things I had never seen before – two completely different worlds. The world behind the zinc fences and green netting wrapped around the scaffold on construction sites and some newly constructed buildings was a stark contrast to the world we all see from the outside. Not only was it an eye-opener, but it also became my inspiration to continue to figure out about the lives of those who are living and working behind those fences, especially the women who traditionally have been considered as weak. To the contrary, women are the strongest of human beings we’ve ever seen, both physically and mentally.
As a blogger for the Green Net Project, I am very proud to be part of the team, and be able to let the world know about the lives of female construction workers through my words. My approach is simple. I would like to know about the reasons why they decide to work at the construction site which is considered as one of the hardest of jobs, whether it is by choice or whether circumstances enticed them onto construction sites such as a poor livelihood, or a lack of education, factors that encouraged them to exchange labor for money. Furthermore, I want to know if they are happy doing what they are doing, and about their approach to happiness in life. Last but not least, is their vision for their own future – if they would like to work as construction workers for the rest of their lives or would they like to do something else.