Women

Women policy and administration

Disabled women speak of discrimination

A group of disabled women yesterday raised concerns over discrimination faced by girls in getting an education, despite progress being made in the Kingdom to improve their rights. They raised their concerns during a forum jointly organised by Pact Cambodia, Agile, USAID and the government ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/665912/disabled-women-speak-of-discrimination/

Domestic violence campaign starts

Local and international NGOs, universities and government institutions on Monday began the annual international “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” campaign demanding the elimination of all forms of violence against women. National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said there was no recorded figure in ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/domestic-violence-campaign-starts

UN reiterates call to abolish criminalization of surrogates

The United Nations has called on Cambodia to repeal its decision criminalizing surrogacy and asked the government to ensure that its draft law will not impose criminal liability on surrogate mothers. ...

Leonie Kijewski
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/UN-reiterates-call-to-abolish-criminalization-of-surrogates/5164651.html

UN panel notes problems in bid to foster gender equality

A UN women’s rights committee has praised the government’s efforts to promote gender equality and combat violence against women, but noted its concern that there are no provisions in the constitution that define direct or indirect discrimination against women. ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50658848/un-panel-notes-problems-in-bid-to-foster-gender-equality/

Civil groups call for clear policies on women’s rights

Some 400 youth and women from 12 civil society organisations gathered at a hotel in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on Sunday to celebrate women’s rights, weeks after they were prevented by security forces from marching to mark International Women’s Day. At Sunday’s gathering, the group ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/civil-groups-call-clear-policies-womens-rights

Forces prevent Women’s Day march

Some 400 women from various associations, unions and civil society organisation were blocked by Phnom Penh municipal security forces from marching from the Olympic Stadium to the Council of Ministers to deliver a joint petition on International Women’s Day which fell on Friday. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forces-prevent-womens-day-march

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/

Women lack full rights at Appeal Court

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) has released an observational report on the rights of woman defendant’s at the Appeal Court, claiming that many weren’t granted due process. Having monitors attend 453 trials from December 2016 to June this year, CCHR found that there ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/women-lack-full-rights-appeal-court

Activists reject tv boss’s apology for rape remark

Activists rejected an apology on Monday from a prominent television news host for remarks he made that a rapist and murderer should have kept his victim alive to “keep her for using again,” saying he was not genuinely sorry. ...

Julia-grace Sanders and Ouch Sony
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/activists-reject-tv-bosss-apology-for-rape-remark-133628/

News anchor draws ire for saying women should ‘not resist’ rape

A local television presenter is facing heavy criticism for an inflammatory on-air suggestion that rape victims should not resist their attackers, and should instead accept sexual assault to avoid being killed – a reference to a brutal rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman in ...

Kong Meta and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/news-anchor-draws-ire-saying-women-should-not-resist-rape

PM: Stop violence against women

The prime minister has urged government ministries and public institutions to speed up work on an action plan to prevent violence against women and children, calling for education on the issue to start from an early age. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36282/pm--stop-violence-against-women/

New push for ILO conventions

Female workers across multiple sectors yesterday urged two ministries to ratify International Labour Organization conventions to ensure protections for expectant mothers and domestic workers, the latter of whom are not even covered under Cambodia’s Labour Law. ...

Sen David and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-push-ilo-conventions

CARE: females slog but paid less

Female workers are still being paid less than their male counterparts on construction sites, while building companies value male construction workers as more skilled than women, according to a CARE Cambodia report released Friday. CARE’s research paints a comprehensive picture of the situation of women working ...

Sum Manet
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29596/care--females-slog-but-paid-less/

Malaysia abuse claims drive agency to call for urgent fixes

The agency tasked with investigating abuse by Malaysia’s security forces said that claims of fatal abuse against foreign maids—including Cambodians—at a detention center were untrue, though it said the center where the abuse allegedly occurred was in urgent need of attention. ...

Colin Meyn
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/malaysia-abuse-claims-drive-agency-call-urgent-fixes-117260/

Alcohol a risk for sex workers, study finds

Both Cambodian women engaging in sex work and their male clients engage in unhealthy alcohol use, according to the findings of a soon-to-be-published study.   ...

Jack Davies and Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/alcohol-risk-sex-workers-study-finds

Gender-based pay gap persists: Oxfam study

Asia’s economic success has been carried on the shoulders of poor women, whose higher load of work has been unequally compensated and undervalued, according to an Oxfam report released on Tuesday.   ...

Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gender-based-pay-gap-persists-oxfam-study

‘I am not a sex worker’ – women on safety and health

I am a massage worker, I am not a sex worker,” Seth Sreylorn, 33, an employee at Alaska massage center in Siem Reap province, said to more than 100 entertainment workers who participated yesterday in the National Conference on Occupational Safety and Health for Entertainment ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/24167/---i-am-not-a-sex-worker--------women-on-safety-and-health/

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/

New program to fight gender-based violence

Physical, sexual and emotional violence against women is “common” in Ratanakkiri’s ethnic minority communities, and mostly committed by the victims’ husbands, a new gender-based violence report by CARE Cambodia has found. ...

Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-program-fight-gender-based-violence

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