PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday that more women needed to be promoted to secretaries and undersecretaries of state at each ministry and then be appointed to higher posts after the national election in July, the Khmer Times reported.
Speaking at an International Women's Day celebration in Koh Pich, Hun Sen said he wanted more women in leadership roles within the government and was urging women to take up the challenge.
All secretaries of state will be appointed by royal decree and will not need ratification from the National Assembly following July's election, he added.
Hun Sen asked all ministries to look for qualified women to fill the positions.
He said that since the 2013 national election, 91 women have joined politics, holding positions that include deputy prime minister, senior minister, minister, secretary of state and undersecretary of state.
A report from the Ministry of Women's Affairs said there are a total of 214,010 civil servants at all ministries, and 41 per cent of them are women.
Source: NAM News Network