Cambodia Celebrates 108th Anniversary Of International Women’s Day

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia� Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, on Tuesday (today), attended an event, marking the 108th anniversary of the Mar 8, International Women’s Day.

Speaking to about 3,000 participants here, Hun Sen urged relevant ministries, authorities and non-governmental organisations, to work together closely, to eliminate violence against women and girls.

The prime minister also highlighted women’s roles in public sector, politics, economics, labour force and education.

Cambodia is a country that has a high rate of women, taking part in the labour force, up to 79 percent, he said.

And 64 percent of small and medium enterprise (SME) owners are women, he added.

Women’s Affairs Minister, Ing Kantha Phavi, said, the number of women who participate in politics had increased in the past year.

Last year, 19.3 percent of senators, 20 percent of members of parliament (MP’s) and 10 percent of expert commission members in parliament, were women, she said.

Moreover, the number of female commune chiefs have increased from 42 in 2002, to 130, among 1,646 commune chiefs last year, she said.