The Social Affairs Minister has urged citizens to educate their family members on how to avoid domestic violence, and promote good values.
Social Affairs Minister Vong Sauth made the statement in Kampong Cham province during a pre-celebration of International Family Day yesterday.
Mr Sauth said he wanted to promote good values among families who have worked hard to educate and discipline their children. He said the message was in part brought by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
“The government has made great efforts to take measures in improving people’s livelihoods and well-being of families for the purpose of contributing to social development and harmonisation,” Mr Sauth said. “This was done through the creation of laws, various policies and regulations on family values.”
He noted that the government will implement a programme to provide financial support to pregnant women and impoverished families in June.
Mr Sauth said the government has set goals to eliminate hunger and poverty, and provide basic education to all, while at the same time enhancing gender equality and reducing the child mortality rate.
Chhour Sok Phanha, chief of the ministry’s welfare department, yesterday said it is important for families to set a foundation for their children.
“Social development starts in the family,” Mr Sok Phanha said. “Family members must educate their children to become good citizens.”
Sin Sithat, 60, said she was a victim of domestic violence. She said that abusive behaviour is not something she would like her children to inherit.
“I used to suffer from domestic violence. I know that feeling. I always tell my children to get an education and study plenty in order to avoid violence,” Ms Sithat said. “Every day, I try hard for my children to be educated enough to become good citizens.”
Last month, Women’s Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi said women in the Kingdom were still facing economic and social challenges, including domestic violence.
Ms Kantha Phavi said at the time that pornography on social media networks affect morality, honour and the dignity of women and girls. She noted that the trafficking and exploitation of women and children continued to exist.