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The Role of Women in Cambodia


Cambodian women represent 51 percent of the country's population, yet their ability to participate as equal partners in social, political, and economic life is severely constrained. Conservative traditional norms value women less than men, and persistent gender power imbalances lead to poverty, illiteracy, gender discrimination, and other obstacles that prevent women from effectively participating in Cambodia's development.


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