Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Youth seek voices in government

Youth seek voices in government

Youth seek voices in government

At a dialogue yesterday with parliament members, youth representatives called for more electoral transparency and for participatory roles in government.

“The dissemination of information is not broad enough,” master’s student Sotherary Chun, 26, told the lawmakers and her fellow youth yesterday, explaining rural residents, migrants and marginalised communities are often excluded from political discourse.

“Even though I am a woman, I think I can participate in politics because it is my right, my duty,” she said, adding she aspires to be a politician.

Wenny Kusuma, country director for UN Women, which organised the event, said young adults are eager to enter politics but have been excluded from the conversation.

“They don’t even know – because it is not public knowledge – how someone accesses party support . . . [or the process of] advancing within that political party.”

HE Chiv Cata, member of the commission for youth and public health, said youth had been discouraged from politics by ‘‘misleading voices’’. “This is wrong.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry issues warning over coronavirus outbreak

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday asked the public to be on “high alert” as a new virus wreaks havoc across Asia. However, no cases have been reported in the Kingdom thus far. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has raised the alarm for its similarity to

  • First case of coronavirus reported in the Kingdom

    Cambodia reported its first case of the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Monday, Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng announced. He said medical specialists detected the virus in a Chinese tourist in Sihanoukville. The minister said Jia Jianhua, 60, travelled from Wuhan city, where the outbreak

  • PM urges precaution amid virus outbreak

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called on all Cambodians to bump up precautions to avoid contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has already killed more than 50 people in China. The prime minister told the public to remain calm but alert about the possibility of

  • Gov’t slams NGO over 2019 corruption report

    The government on Thursday slammed a report that described the Kingdom as highly corrupt. Government spokesperson Phay Siphan dismissed the latest Transparency International (TI) report as “just an advertisement of NGOs to promote their own interests”. Released on Thursday, the report puts Cambodia near the

  • NBC’s digital payments to go live in next few months

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) will launch a Blockchain-based, peer-to-peer payment and money transfer platform in the next few months, its director-general Chea Serey told The Post on Monday. Dubbed ‘Project Bakong’, the scheme already has the support of 11 banks, with many more expected

  • Gov’t answers garment buyers’ complaint

    Some of the biggest buyers in the Kingdom’s garment sector have urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to address issues faced by unions and workers – a request a senior official said was out of touch with the situation on the ground. The letter addressed to