Cambodian PM Appreciates Women’s Role in Peace Keeping

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has lauded the women's roles in peace keeping and country development.

Addressing at the meeting to commemorate the 106th Anniversary of International Women's Day held here this morning under the theme "Women for Peace and Progress", the premier said women have played a key role in maintaining peace and developing the country.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his pride that Cambodia was ranked 24th in the world for her attention to gender in the national defence sector.

Samdech Techo Prime Minister also spoke highly of the 151 women among the total 4,177 Cambodian troops dispatched to UN peacekeeping missions in Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, Lebanon, Central African Republic, Chad, Syria, and Cyprus.

H.E. Ms. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women's Affairs laid stress on the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC)'s high attention to the promotion of women's rights and social and political roles. The RGC has so far increased the number of women at key positions in all institutions, she said, pointing out that from 1993 to 2013, the number of female lawmakers rose from 6 to 20 percent, while that of women who hold the post of minister saw an increase from 7 to 11 percent; the post of secretary of state, from 8 to 21 percent, and the post of under secretary of state, from 15 to 18 percent between 2008 and 2013.

The percentage of women elected as commune/Sangkat council members reached 18 percent in 2012, up from 15 percent in 2007, added H.E. Minister.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press