RGC Pledges to Further Promote Women in Political and Public Leadership Roles

Despite gradual improvement of women in political and public leadership roles, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) pledged to further address the gender gap.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen emphasised the commitment when presiding over the country's national celebration of the International Women's Day at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre here in Phnom Penh yesterday.

At least we need to have one woman as a municipal or provincial governor and more women in top leadership roles in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, highlighted Samdech Techo Prime Minister in his address to around 3,000 participating public and private workers and students.

Currently in the RGC, added the premier, there are women as deputy prime ministers, ministers, secretaries of state and under secretaries of state, directors general, deputy directors general, department directors and deputy directors, and more.

The figures from the Ministry of Women's Affairs show gradual increase of women's roles in political and public leadership - from 6 to 20 percent as parliamentarians from 1993 to 2013.

Women as ministers went up from 7 to 11 percent, as secretaries of state from 8 to 21 percent, as under secretaries of state from 15 to 18 between 2008 and 2013. And women who were elected as commune and Sangkat councillors increased from 15 percent in 2007 to 18 percent in 2012.

In line with further effort of the RGC to promote leadership roles among women, Samdech Techo Prime Minister encouraged them to continue strengthening their capacity toward the senior assignments.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press