International Women’s Day observed with road safety forum

International Women’s Day observed with road safety forum

5 March, 2015 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

—In support of International Women’s Day, AIP Foundation organized a “Mothers and Helmet Use” forum at Anuk Wat Primary School on March 5th. The forum is a vital part of “Helmets for Families” project  implementation which is sponsored by Manulife (Cambodia) Plc. Mothers received information on the impacts of road crashes on society, their family, the relationship between injury prevention and helmet use, and their role in encouraging helmet use by their families. Additionally, they received information about the revised road traffic law which now mandates motorcycle passengers, including children from 3 years, to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.

Mrs. Keo Chhorvy, Senior Official of the National Road Safety Committee explained, “motorcyclists account for the majority—68%—of road crash fatalities. Among the survivors, 66% experienced serious head injuries. Only 28% of motorcycle drivers and 7% of passengers used helmets at the time of collision. These are alarmingly low figures, which is why we are sharing vital information with mothers and families of students today.”

“We encourage every mother to always wear a helmet when driving a motorcycle and to ensure their passengers, especially their children, wear helmets, too,” said Ms. Bridie Shea Mentor of Program Implementation of AIP Foundation. “Taking care of your children and family is the number one priority when on the road.”
“We have the opportunity on International Women’s Day to emphasize the new passenger helmet law with mothers and share that non-helmeted passengers will no longer be tolerated. Avoid a fine and avoid tragedy—mothers, put a helmet on your child,” said H.E Ty Long Deputy of director of department of order from Commissariat of National Police.
This “Mothers and Helmet Use Forum” is a succeeding activity of the Helmet Donation Ceremony that was held on November 22, 2014, supported by Manulife (Cambodia) Plc, which saw AIP Foundation donate 832 helmets to teachers, students, and parents of Anuk Wat Primary School.  Additionally, AIP Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, General Commiserate of National Police and National Road Safety Committee will implement other activities at Anuk Wat Primary School.
About AIP Foundation
AIP Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing road injuries and fatalities in low- and middle-income countries. For more than 15 years AIP Foundation has been delivering effective road safety programs in locations across Asia and Africa. To find out more, visit or connect with us on Twitter @AIPFoundation.
About Manulife Cambodia
Manulife Cambodia started its operation on June 28, 2012. It is the latest market entry in Asia by Manulife, one of the world’s leading life insurance companies. As the first wholly foreign-owned life insurance company in the kingdom, Manulife Cambodia is committed to providing its clients with much needed financial protection through its products and services.
About Manulife
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. We operate as John Hancock in the U.S. and as Manulife in other parts of the world. We provide strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for our customers’ significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$663 billion (US$591 billion) as at September 30, 2014.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at

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