Mu Sochua has been a leading human rights advocate for over 25 years, and is a prominent member of Cambodia’s leading opposition party, the Sam Rainsy Party. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and touted by the New York Times in 2010 as ‘part of a new generation of women who are working their way into the political systems of countries across Asia and elsewhere’. Since her return to Cambodia in 1990 she has worked to promote women’s rights, founding Khemara – the first indigenous NGO in Cambodia. She has been influential on issues of human trafficking, child abuse, domestic violence, worker exploitation and corruption. She was appointed Head of the Ministry of Women’s and Veterans’ Affairs in 1998.