Imagine riding a motorbike under 40C heat, on a dusty and bumpy dirt road, with all these stuffs packed around you… would you do it? Apparently this super woman can! She goes around village by village everyday, hawking her goods. The money she earns go to food and other needs of her family.
A lot of women are leaving their homes and children to work and help their parents and husbands bring in money for the family. Recently, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs released the Cambodia Gender Assessment (CGA) report where it was found out that Cambodia’s female labour force participation rate is high by regional standards, at 71 percent of the working age population over 15 years of age.What this means is that a large portion of the women population are contributing to the economy but, according to an interview with the Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr. Kantha Pavi, this contribution is mainly from the informal sector. There is still a lot to be done to raise the numbers of women in the formal employment and decision-making institutions. The government is focusing mainly on access to education and health services. Let’s hope for a brighter future for the Khmer women.
Happy Women’s Day to everyone.