The Interior Minister yesterday vowed to promote gender equality in government jobs, backing the appointment of women to senior posts in commune, district and provincial authorities.
Sar Kheng made the comments at a workshop to assess existing opportunities for women and plan further development work from 2018 to 2023.
He said his ministry would directly promote the appointment of women as commune, district and provincial officials in their local areas.
He added that female officials bring a wealth of local knowledge to their roles and are strong community leaders.
“It is difficult for women to work far away from their families, so we will promote women to be governors in the areas where they live,” he said. “This will lead to more gender equality in government roles for women.”
Chou Bun Eng, chief of the ministry’s gender group, said the proportion of female civil servants increased from 21.13 percent in 2011 to 25.98 percent in 2016.
She added the proportion of female prison officers rose from 8.8 percent in 2011 to 11 percent in 2016, while women in the national police went from 4.68 percent to 5.74 percent in the same period.
Ms Bun Eng said the government would do more to increase gender equality under its 2018 to 2023 plan.
“Roles for women are increasing little by little every year,” she said. “The government is planning for women to be represented at every level, from local to national.”
Women’s affairs secretary Khem Chamroen added that Cambodia was making good progress on gender equality when compared with other countries in the world.
“When women are promoted in state roles, they will have the chance to show their ability to serve society,” she said.