WHAT COULD WORK?
Providing increased support to Buddhist nuns and monks could enhance
the service role they increasingly seek in their communities, especially
in the areas of public education and social development.
Gender perspectives could be effectively integrated into Buddhist
teachings, such as the Five Precepts (which urge all Cambodian Buddhists
to be faithful to their husbands and wives and to refrain from sexual
harassment, telling lies and cheating, drugs and alcohol, gambling
and stealing). Additionally, by emphasizing the merits earned through
non-violence, nuns and monks could play a role in preventing gender-based
Buddhist nuns could be involved in efforts to reach out to adolescent
girls and women on issues related to reproductive health, trafficking,
the commercial sex trade and HIV/AIDS. The role of nuns in the Buddhist
sangha (monastic order) could also be strengthened.
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