Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Samheng considers the promotion of women's roles in the world of digital technology a catalyst for speeding up gender equality and inclusive socio-economic development.

He made the assertion as he met with officials of the ministry on March 2 to mark the 112th International Women's Day, which falls on March 8. This year, “Women together to preserve peace for development in the digital age” was selected as the theme for the celebrations.

He said the theme aimed to highlight the precious peace that Prime Minister Hun Sen had made so many sacrifices to achieve.

“The prime minister implemented his win-win policy on December 29, 1998. He has maintained the peace ever since. Peace is a necessary precondition and provided a solid foundation for developing the nation. Peace and the stability guarantee people’s welfare and harmonious living. Without peace, there is nothing,” he added.

He continued that at present, women have the opportunity to exercise their right to develop knowledge and skills in any field.

“Women are also the beneficiaries of development in all areas that improved their livelihoods and those of their families. They also make a significant contribution to a reduction in poverty and vulnerability,” he said.

Every year, Cambodia marks International Women's Day on March 8. It commemorates the fight for equal rights and freedoms, and also reflects on progress, achievements and the positive measures that now empower every woman and girl.