11:10am Tuesday 19th February 2013
A MOTHER-of-two who is back home after helping on an Oxfam mission to Cambodia is urging other women to get involved.
Solicitor and single mum Janet Larkin, from Hindley, met women in Cambodia who have benefitted from Oxfam’s Pink Phones project which provides phones for female community leaders.
Janet, aged 54, a partner at Healds Solicitors in Wigan, said: “It’s incredible how small projects and small ideas can make a huge change to women’s lives. "We take our mobile phones so much for granted and we use them for everything. But for the Cambodian women they have been so critical.
"Oxfam can send vital information through the phones such as market prices for crops and weather information which helps the women plan harvesting. Information is then passed on throughout the community.
"The women choose to have the phones in pink as a deterrent to men who may want to take the phones from them."
Now she is involved in the Oxfam Get Together campaign where people organise their own event to raise money for Oxfam’s women’s projects around the world.
To find out more about Oxfam ‘Get Together’ events, contact Harriet Roberts 07557 291 868 or 0161 234 2923.
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