Cambodian ruling party promotes women to deputy provincial governors

August 26, 2008 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) — The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has announced an increase in the number of female appointees to government, according to officials who said women have now been elevated to the position of deputy governor in all but one province, local media reported Tuesday.

“The Ministry of Interior has appointed women as deputy provincial governors in all the provinces and municipalities except Pailin, where it is still looking for a candidate,” Sak Setha, director general of the ministry’s General Administration Department, was quoted as saying in the Phnom Penh Post.

“We are carrying out our long-term policy regarding the integration of women into (Cambodia’s) political affairs,” he said, adding that the appointments were made just prior to the July 27 general election, which saw large gains for the CPP.

Each provinces and municipality has five or more deputy governors, posts that have historically been dominated almost entirely by men.

Chou Bun Eng, the director general for social development at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, said the appointments were an important first step on the road to equality.

“Even if there are still no female provincial governors, the women will learn a lot in their new positions,” she said.

 

Editor: Du Guodong

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