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Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
— Alexis de Tocqueville

This Human Resources Manual (Manual) was developed for use by the directors, coordinators, and staff of the Documentation Center of Cambodia and the Sleuk Rith Institute. Some of the policies set forth in the Manual were inspired by the United States Government program “Let Girls Learn” endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama during her visit to Cambodia in March 2015. The policies and procedures in the Manual reflect the long-standing commitment of the Documentation Center of Cambodia to provide equal educational opportunities and equal treatment in all employment-related matters to all staff, including women.

The Manual’s core principles are based on a number of fundamental commitments intended to assist individuals to more fully educate and develop themselves. The traditional position of women in Cambodian society has been one of subordination and lack of opportunity. Exposure of the Cambodian business and government communities to the enlightened practices and policies of the international community is helping to remedy these forms of discrimination; the Sleuk Rith Institute, following the lead of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, is at the forefront of the effort to discredit and eliminate all such abuses.