News/Cambodia: Cambodia Launches Project to Safeguard WOMEN'S Rights

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Subject: News/Cambodia: Cambodia Launches Project to Safeguard WOMEN'S Rights
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Mar 27 2000 - 11:44:07 EST


> Cambodia Launches Project to Safeguard WOMEN'S Rights
>
> PHNOM PENH (March 6) XINHUA - Cambodia Monday launched a project of
> preventing all forms of trafficking in women and children on the occasion
> of International Women's Day.
>
> The three-year project has been designed and will be implemented in
> cooperation with the International Organization of Migration. The
> government of Finland supports the project with about one million
> U.S.dollars.
>
> Presiding over the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke highly
> of
> women's role in all kinds of activities in society. "Without women's
> participation, we could not have established a strong movement aimed at
> protecting our country and bolstering up a once strong nation to get back
> its place," he said.
>
> The prime minister said the Royal Government of Cambodia and he himself
> will dedicate this 90th International Women's Day to kick off a
> nation-wide
> campaign to safeguard and promote women's rights, and a campaign against
> the trafficking of women and children.
>
> Violence against women and trafficking in women and children are two
> social
> problems that have become particularly acute in recent years in Cambodia,
> though significant progress has been made in formulating and adopting
> legislation to protect the right of women.
>
> According to figures offered by the Ministry of Women's and Veterans'
> Affairs (MWVA), around 60 percent of the more than 14, 000 commercial sex
> workers in the country enter the profession involuntarily. An estimated
> 30,000 Cambodian women have been trafficked to forced labour situation in
> neighboring Asian countries.
>
> The Royal Government of Cambodia recognizes trafficking as a serious
> problem and has taken a number of legislative and other steps to deal with
> it.
>
>


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