As campaigning moves toward July 27 elections, Cambodia still needs more women in
politics, experts said Thursday.
"To have women elected, women must be brave, self
confident, popular and supported by family," said Nhian Sochetra, head
of the gender department at the Ministry of Women's Affairs. "Without such
support, women can't be in politics," she said, as a guest on "Hello
The ministry has a program called Neary Rotanak to help promote women in
politics, through training and advocacy, she said.
Seng Theary, the recent director of the Center for Social
Development, said women still face discrimination in Cambodia.
Still, the numbers are improving. In 1993, 5 percent of
National Assembly seats went to women, rising to 17 percent in 1998 and 25
percent in 2003.