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Women’s rights: Groups issue petition; MPs tout strides

At a press conference yesterday, representatives of 15 NGOs that focus on women’s rights in Cambodia introduced a petition that will be submitted to political parties, government ministries and the National Assembly, demanding increased protection for women.

Just three days shy of International Women’s Day, the organisations invited attendees to sign the petition, which highlights issues that continue to negatively affect women in Cambodia.

“While some women are living good lives, there are still women who are victims of land disputes, rape, violence, lacking rights and trafficking abroad,” said Thida Kus, executive director of the local rights groups Silaka. “There are still few women who work in the political sector, from the commune to national levels.”

However, some female parliamentarians yesterday praised the Kingdom for the advances in political power women have enjoyed over the past decade. Currently, just over 20 per cent of the National Assembly’s seats are filled by women, said lawmaker Ke Sovannaroth, compared with 6 per cent a decade ago.

“Now, women dare to speak up and start careers in politics,” she said.

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