Ms. Kagna Mourng is a program manager at Women Peace Makers (WPM). She has six years of experience in the field of education, youth engagement and women’s empowerment. Before joining WPM, she worked for United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Cambodia in position of Partnership Development Specialist (Policy). In addition, she is a co-founder of Dare & Dream network, an online/offline consulting platform which provides mentorship and college scholarship support to high school female students from low income families in Cambodia. As she knows precisely how difficult and challenging it is to achieve her future goals being a woman and lower class, she wants to make sure that there is support and guidance for the girls of the next generation, coming from those who truly have lived the same type of life.
Her strong passion is to work on gender, women, and education. She is a woman with a big dream and big plans. Since she was young, she’s always challenged herself to break the cycle of poverty by investing in higher education. She has been very fortunate to be able to encourage and inspire women to stand up, speak out, and be brave in sharing their ideas without being fearful of making a mistake. She wants to challenge the stereotype that women aren’t capable of obtaining a higher education, and at the same time challenge the traditional views against women.
Kagna graduated from a leadership fellowship with the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also holds a Master’s of Science in major of Community Development from the University of Philippines Los Baños in 2014, a Bachelor of English Literature from Human Resources University in 2008, and a Bachelor of Tourism Management from Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2007.