Cambodia has made much progress in improving the rights of women and ensuring they gain equally from the benefits of development. More girls are attending school than ever; women are living longer and healthier lives; and more women are being elected into local office. Women account for over half of the value of production in Cambodia and play a dominant role in the rural economy. However, serious issues remain. There are still too few qualified women in positions of responsibility at all levels of society. Human trafficking remains a problem. Maternal mortality rates continue to be alarmingly high. In addition, there are too few early childhood education providers, and even fewer childcare services for working parents.
USAID prioritizes gender equality throughout its activities in Cambodia. In the area of economic growth, USAID is encouraging greater participation of women in the rural economy. USAID is continuing to help expand women’s leadership activities to include elected and appointed government positions. To address a gender imbalance in law schools, USAID is providing need-based tuition scholarships to female law students. Gender equality is integrated into all USAID health activities, including reducing maternal mortality; encouraging the involvement of both parents in newborn care, child health, and nutrition; and giving women and their partners the knowledge and skills to control fertility. Finally, USAID’s education program is providing opportunities for vulnerable children, including girls, who do not have access to quality basic education.
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