The third National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW) for 2019-2023 has been successfully launched after rigorous evaluation from the government and different women’s organisations in Cambodia.
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said on Tuesday that domestic violence, rape, drug abuse, human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children remained issues in Cambodia and need to be addressed effectively.
He acknowledged encouraging results of the prevention of violence against women, stressing that it reflects a joint effort of all players in strengthening democracy and enhancing the rights and freedom of the people.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Women’s Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi said that the national action plan is a roadmap for all ministries, institutions, national and sub-national counterparts, civil society organisations, the private sector, media and other concerned stakeholders to take part in the prevention, response, and resolution of the problems in time.
“It will play a crucial role in promoting service provision related to prevention, legal protection and multi-sector services, law enforcement and establishment of policy, monitoring and evaluation,” she said.
UN Resident Coordinator Pauline Tamesis said she was honoured to be part of the implementation of the third national action plan on violence against women in Cambodia since women have an important role in society and are the backbone of the national economy and social development.
“Women’s equitable and active participation is vital to stability, helps prevent conflict, and promotes sustainable, inclusive development. However, everywhere in the world, women are worse off than men, simply because they are women. Migrant and refugee women, those with disabilities and women members of minorities of all kinds face even greater barriers,” she said.
“This discrimination harms us all. Especially when it turns into violence. It harms the economy, the society and the individual. Gender-based violence is a human rights concern,” said Tamesis.
She said there are one out of three women globally who experience a form of intimate partner violence – physical, sexual or emotional – in their lifetime and it is the same here in Cambodia.