Huor Samith, secretary of state at the Women’s Affairs Ministry, today led a workshop on the National Action Plan to prevent violence against women for the next five years and said that other ministries must also help prevent violence against women.
“We join together to battle violence against women and we cannot forgive any perpetrators who commit crimes against women,” Ms Samith said.
She said the United Nations Population Fund has supported the national action plan in the provinces of Kampong Cham, Preah Vihear, Stung Treng and Tboung Khmum and that UN Women has supported initiatives in the provinces of Preah Sihanouk and Kampong Speu.
“According to this plan, ministries, departments and other units must cooperate to help victims on time,” Ms Samith said. “Some organisations have provided services such as commissioning lawyers to help defend victims in court.”
According to a 2017 report from rights group Licadho, there were 147 cases of sexual violence against women, including 125 cases of rape and six cases of rape-murder, that year.
As of September, there were 110 cases this year, including 90 cases of rape and eight cases of rape-murder.
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