UN team to help Cambodian women

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The UN agency for gender equality and women’s empowerment has pledged about USD 5 million to help the government and women in Cambodia.

Janet Wong from UN Women (left) and Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn. Photo: Curtesy of Khmer Times

Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday met with Janet Wong, the country representative for UN Women, according to ministry spokesman Chum Sounry, who said the ministry is committed to working with the agency to help protect Cambodian women.

Mr. Sounry said the UN Women’s office was established in Cambodia in 2010. In 2015, UN Women spent about $2 million to help women in the kingdom and it plans to use about USD 5 million through its various programs from 2016 to 2018.

Mr. Sokhonn told Ms. Wong that the government’s policy on women focuses on three points: urging gender equality, improving women’s rights and preventing violence against women, according to Mr. Sounry.

The ministry spokesman added that Cambodian embassies abroad have protected female migrant workers and other female victims, helping repatriate them whenever necessary.

“Ms. Janet Wong told His Excellency Senior Minister [Mr. Sokhonn] that her mission is to help the government achieve three significant goals such as improving gender equality, women’s rights and preventing violence,” Mr. Sounry said, adding that Ms. Wong committed to cooperating with the government.

Local media were invited to take photos of yesterday’s meeting. Photo: Curtesy of Khmer Times

Mr. Sokhonn requested that UN Women help the kingdom in cases related to the interests of Cambodian women, Mr. Sounry said. He added that Ms. Wong had expressed interested in cases concerning female migrant workers who were facing problems abroad.

This ariticle is originally published on Khmer Times.