CAMBODIA: Cambodia Aims To Uplift Women's Role In Public Institutions

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
South Eastern Asia
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Cambodian government has affirmed its commitment to uplift women's status in society, especially, the women's role in serving public institutions, reports China's Xinhua news agency.

Delivering a speech at the closing forum on "Uplifting Women' s Leadership Role at the Sub-national Level"on Wednesday, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen said the government aims to increase women's participation in serving public institutions as high as 50 per cent.

"Secretariat of Public Service has announced and disseminated instruction information on selecting government officials serving public institutions as women from 20 per cent to 50 percent," he said.

Hun Sen, however, said the proportion of women government officials has increased from 32 per cent in 2007 to 34 percent in middle of 2009.

In particular example, the premier said the proportion of women elected to the National Assembly has steadily increased, from 5 per cent in 1993 to 11 per cent in 1998, to 19 per cent in 2003, and to 22 per cent in 2008.

While the proportion of women holding positions as secretary of state and undersecretary of state has also increased from 7 per cent and 9.6 per cent in 2003, to 7.7 per cent and 14.6 per cent in 2008, respectively.

At present, 10.1 per cent of municipal and provincial council members are women, and 12.6 percent of city, district and commune council members are women as well.