Women's Rights Activist; Member of Parliament for Battambang, Cambodia
Sochua Mu is a member of Cambodia’s parliament. She was first elected to the position in 1998, her campaign inspired by the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. Sochua authored Cambodia’s domestic violence law and the country’s national plan for women’s empowerment. She heads the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s three-year training program to prepare women to run as candidates for local and parliamentary elections. During the 2012 elections, she mobilized women nationwide to run as candidates (9 percent won). Sochua and six colleagues were imprisoned in 2014 while campaigning for public assembly after the government shut down a park following public protests contesting election results.