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Ing Kuntha Phavi

Minister of Women's Affairs
Assumed office16 July 2004
Prime MinisterHun Sen
Preceded byMu Sochua
Personal details
Born( 1960-07-16 ) 16 July 1960 (age 60)
Political partyCambodian People's Party
Children1
Alma materUniversity of Paris VI ( MD ) Ecole nationale d'administration ( MPA )
ProfessionPhysician Politician

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has urged his subordinates to increasing gender equality and advancing Women political participation. Speaking during celebration of International Womens Day at ministry yesterday, Mr Kheng said government officials at all levels must continue taking concrete steps to increase proportion of women in decision-making positions, including formulating policies, laws and programmes. I would to remind all public institutions and departments both at national and sub-national levels to pay attention and help promote gender equality by allocating role, task, accountability, power, opportunity and resources equally between men and women, he say. Mr Kheng notes number of women in police force, civil service and prison departments, which come under ministry, has gradually increased and many have reached leadership positions. Although ministry has not yet made significant proportionate increase in number of women officials, it has been developing strategies from year to year to raise their numbers, he say. Mr Kheng asked his officials to take firm action to eliminate gender discrimination within ministry and look into possibilities of recruiting and appointing women to leadership roles. I would like to call both male and female officials to work together and learn from each other in order to serve people. We must also not leave any behind, he say. Women Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi said at event, women officials account for 25 percent of government workforce at sub-national and national levels. There is currently one female provincial governor, 26 deputy provincial governors, six district and 194 deputy district governors. Strategies to increase number of women in high positions at sub-national level and policies to ensure gender equality have positive responses, she say. According to World Economic Forum report, Cambodia has improved its status in field of gender equality, ranking 89 among 153 countries in 2020, compared to 2016 112. Ms Kantha Phavi said yesterday's report cited participation of women in economic sector and promotion of health for women and girls as main reasons gender quality in country has improve. Meanwhile, there are problems remaining new challenges arising, including violence and discrimination against women and girls, social and family prejudices over gender division at work and social interaction, she say. Bon Rachna, director of Women's rights group Klahan, said yesterday she supported idea of having women at decision-making levels but noted there are very few women involved in legislation and judicial processes. Over past 10 years, there has not been much change. Only few women serve as lawmakers and work in justice system, she say. I am unsure what level of decision making in government is done by women. Last November, UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued report, highlighting its concern that there are no provisions in Kingdoms Constitution which define direct or indirect discrimination against women.

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