Khmer Girls in Action began in 1997 as HOPE for Girls, a Cambodian young women’s reproductive health and empowerment project. During their involvement, members came to recognize that their needs extended beyond reproductive health education. Through conversation and strategic planning by members and adult allies, Khmer Girls in Action was created to empower young Southeast Asian women to become relevant social justice organizers who can respond to the immediate needs of their communities.
Throughout KGA’s herstory, our members’ brothers, partners and peers played a role supporting KGA’s campaigns and voicing issues impacting Southeast Asian young men. In 2011 KGA began our young men’s program to include them in our fight for race, class and gender justice.