PHNOM PENH, March 8 (Bernama) -- Cambodia on Friday celebrated the 102nd anniversary of the International Women's Day, urging more women to participate in political, social and economic activities, Xinhua news agency reported.
Addressing the celebration at the capital's Peace Palace, Prime Minister Hun Sen encouraged more women to run in the forthcoming parliamentary election in order to increase women's presence in political, social and economic activities.
The country sets to hold a general election on July 28 this year.
The prime minister said "the government always focuses its attention on women and gives importance to enhancing women's roles in society."
"More importantly, the Cambodian people always recognize and see women as the mother of the world and the backbone of social and economic development," he added.
Minister of Women's Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi said the celebration, under the theme "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities to Accelerate Progress", was to commemorate women's advocacy for equal rights and value in the development of families and societies.