Cambodia Gender equality vital to boosting economic output

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(The Khmer Times)

According to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report, increasing job opportunities in decent work for women is essential for growth and vital for the advancement of economic and social development in Cambodia.

However, it also said that attitudes toward providing decent work to men and women alike, irrespective of their ethnic origin and class, continue to be ambiguous, complex and controversial because the issue touches on deeply felt societal values in interpersonal relations, culture, religion, economics, and politics.

“Economic growth in Cambodia has not yet translated into sufficient employment growth – and employment growth has not been inclusive for women. The share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector in Cambodia has increased, indicating improvements in gender equality in the labour market, although women have not reached parity with men. Further, based on other measures such as the gender wage gap, gender inequality has increased,” the report said.

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