Ms. Kry is the executive director of Women Peace Makers (WPM). Born and raised in a conservative family in the post conflict context, Ms. Kry witnessed and understood well the pressure of traditional gender norms on women and girls in Cambodia. Growing up striving to challenge the status quo, Ms. Kry dreams to see a nonviolent and gender-just world where everyone are able to reach their full potential and resolve conflict their nonviolently.
Over the years, Ms. Kry has developed her expertise and research interest in gender, mediation, conflict transformation, and transitional justice. Prior to joining WPM, she served as the deputy director of Anlong Veng Peace Center, a peace-building initiative housed at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) aiming to transform Cambodia’s former battle field and Khmer Rouge stronghold into an educational and historical learning site. Before that, Ms. Kry held a research role focusing on the Myanmar peace process and communal violence, at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS), a NGO working in the field of conflict transformation to strengthen strategic intervention into violent conflicts in the Asia region. Through her many years of work with DC-Cam, Ms. Kry had worked directly with Khmer Rouge survivors across the country, documented specifically about women survivors’ stories, and supported them in their efforts to seek justice before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), an internationalized tribunal established to bring surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge to trials. Ms. Kry holds a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA, and a Bachelor of Education from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.