Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn showed his support of women at the Asia-Europe Forum on Women, Peace and Security, one of the side-events hosted by Cambodia under the ASEM13 framework which began on Wednesday.
“Can you imagine our world without women? How vital is their role in bringing about peace and security?” he said.
The minister presided over the event with more than a thousand participants of national and subnational officials, local and international experts from 30 nations in Europe and 21 nations from Asia, representatives of European Union and ASEAN Secretariats attending via videoconference. Sokhonn mentioned Cambodian women’s contributions in peacekeeping operations under the umbrella of the United Nations.
“We are also proud to be ranked 13th among 122 nations in terms of the contribution of our brave women in peacekeeping operations, while the numbers of women deminers and women in the labour force have been growing,” he said. “This is not at all a coincidence, but rather a vision embraced by the government to empower our women and their role in society,” said Sokhonn.
Women’s Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi said that the forum is a platform to share experiences and best practices between countries in Asia and Europe in implementing the Women’s Peace and Security Agenda and showing Cambodia’s progress of women’s contributions for peace and security, as well as strategies and developments in the fight against gender-based violence and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.