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Ministry of Women’s Affairs

Government committed to meeting global goal to empower women

The government yesterday expressed its commitment to reduce gender-based violence, eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls and provide effective reproductive health services in line with the action plan of the International Conference on Population and Development. The commitment was made during the National ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50651593/government-committed-to-meeting-global-goal-to-empower-women/

Nokor Tep women’s hospital launched in Phnom Penh

The Women’s Affairs Ministry last week launched the Nokor Tep hospital in Dangkor district in a bid to provide female reproductive services to those less fortunate. Women’s Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi said the hospital’s first task is to secure equipment and human resources. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50589884/nokor-tep-womens-hospital-launched-in-phnom-penh/

$1M for women in politics project

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided more than $1 million to a Collective Action to Support Women’s Rights (CASWR) project to promote the leadership and engagement of women in politics. The CASWR initiative is a 32-month project designed to advance meaningful representation ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/1m-women-politics-project

Officials note rise in number of female civil servants

Women’s Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi and National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday highlighted an increase in the number of women who are working in the public sector during a celebration to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day on Friday. Ms Kantha Phavi said females accounted ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50583890/officials-note-rise-in-number-of-female-civil-servants/

NGOs draft petition to improve women’s rights

As International Women’s Day approaches, 12 organisations have finished drafting a petition calling on the government to continue to address challenges women are facing, including violence, inequality and poverty. The 12 organisations include the Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights, Coalition of Cambodian ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50583888/ngos-draft-petition-to-improve-womens-rights/

Surrogacy law progresses

Interior Minister Sar Kheng is monitoring the progress of a draft law aimed at addressing the problem of surrogacy in the Kingdom, which is now being debated at the inter-ministerial level. Mr Kheng on Tuesday evening briefed Donica Pottie, Canada’s Ambassador to the Kingdom, on the ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50553934/surrogacy-law-progresses/

Women’s minister criticised after failing to name a female journalist

Minister of Women’s Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi’s admission last week that she was unable to name a Cambodian woman journalist sparked a minor controversy on social media, with current and former journalists taking to social media to criticise her remarks. ...

Yesenia Amaro
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/womens-minister-criticised-after-failing-name-female-journalist

Hun Sen pledges to bring more women into top government roles

In celebration of International Women’s Rights Day, Prime Minister Hun Sen pledged to nominate more female secretaries and undersecretaries of state if he were given another mandate while chiding his ministers for not having hired more women officials. ...

Yon Sineat, Leonie Kijewski and Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/hun-sen-pledges-bring-more-women-top-government-roles

Child protection plan rolled out

The government unveiled a long-awaited national plan to combat violence against children yesterday, four years after a countrywide survey revealed that more than half of children in Cambodia are physically abused. ...

Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/child-protection-plan-rolled-out

Surrogacy law to be drafted

The government has appointed the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to draft a law to crack down on illegal activity surrounding the recently banned commercial surrogacy industry in Cambodia. Ministry spokeswoman Kheng Sam Vada confirmed the news, which was originally announced by government spokesperson and Minister of ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33120/surrogacy-law-to-be-drafted/

Gender violence falls: government

Violence against female staff at entertainment venues in Cambodia has dropped as education among staff, patrons and owners has increased, according to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, although it warned that the success had not been repeated at karaoke parlors (KTV).​ ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/32528/gender-violence-falls--government/

Committee for work safety created

The government has established the National Committee for Health and Work Safety, to comprise in part officials from relevant ministries to review, give counsel and spread information related to health and work safety. According to a sub-decree dated Monday and signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, ...

Mom kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/32302/committee-for-work-safety-created/

As surrogacy trade grows, government charts course

The government will meet this month to begin addressing concerns that the lack of regulation for the surrogacy trade could lead to a proliferation of brokers working in Cambodia and foreign couples traveling to the country to take advantage of their services. The Ministry of ...

Sonia Kohlbacher
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/surrogacy-trade-grows-government-charts-course-117169/

Ongoing challenges in Kingdom's efforts to end domestic violence

Slow action from courts and police, a dire lack of mental health counselling and sparse government funding were named as ongoing challenges in Cambodia’s quest to eliminate violence against women at a conference yesterday.   ...

Erin Handley and Chin Sreyleap
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ongoing-challenges-kingdoms-efforts-end-domestic-violence

Kingdom needs to support women and girls, minister says

Women’s Affairs Minister Dr. Ung Kanthaphavy addressed multiple points regarding the achievement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in the Kingdom during a two-day meeting reviewing the ministry’s work in 2015 and planning its goals for 2016 yesterday.​ ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/23353/kingdom-needs-to-support-women-and-girls--minister-says/

Ministry slams NGOs for criticism of Prime Minister

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs released a statement Thursday expressing its “grave regret” at a joint NGO statement that criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen for a speech in which he referred to an unnamed female protester as a female animal. ...

Aun Chhengpor and Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-slams-ngos-for-criticism-of-prime-minister-91093/

Effort to curb violence against children gaining speed

The effort to reduce violence against children in Cambodia is gaining speed, with a boost from the Religion Ministry, which will highlight the Buddhist value of nonviolence as well as the practice of meditation in the country’s schools, according to ministry officials. ...

Srey Kumneth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/13762/effort-to-curb-violence-against-children-gaining-speed/

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