Queen Mother Norodom Monineath has called on the public to join together in improving social morality and a culture of non-violence in families and society.
The plea came in a letter marking the 108th Anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8 under the theme of “Promoting Gender Equality and Social Protection for Human Resource Development”.
“During the celebrations, I want my people, such as parents and guardians, to improve social morality and non-violence in families and society through education and correction to be good children, good students and good citizens,” the Queen Mother said in the letter. “They have to stay away from drugs, alcohol and using violence.”
She added that everyone has to adhere to good morality and contribute to the implementation of village and commune safety policy to maintain peace, safety and public order.
“We have to keep our dignity and work towards harmony forever,” the Queen Mother said. “I also want all people to join with the government to make Cambodia a country with high-middle income in 2030 and become a country with high income in 2050.”
Labour Ministry secretary of state Soeung Sarsochenda said yesterday at a celebration of International Women’s Day held by the ministry that young people have to support the Queen Mother’s appeal, adding that young people are the future of the country and this is why they have to avoid drugs.
“I see that most women, especially mothers, understand this and join in educating and explaining to their children not to use drugs,” Ms Sarsochenda said. “Ministry officials will go around the community to spread information about how to help their children stay away from drugs, alcohol and domestic violence.”
Labour Minister Ith Samheng said at the event that the government has made great efforts to promote gender equality and empowerment for women and girls.
“The government’s strategic goal is to strengthen gender equality and social protection, and to promote social-economic conditions and to strengthen the role of women as the backbone of the economy and society,” Mr Samheng said.
On the topic of drugs, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said yesterday in Battambang province that authorities must not just wait for regulations.
Cambodia has drug laws with clear guidelines, he said.
It was necessary to put in place measures to prevent and eliminate problems that could affect the future of young people and public security, Mr Kheng added.