>Cambodian Women Still Lacking: Rights Group

>Cambodia observed Women’s Day Saturday, but not all had something to celebrate. (10 March 2008)

By VOA Khmer, Reporters

Original reports from Washington and Phnom Penh

10 March 2008

Women across Cambodia still lack education and other basic needs, a leading female rights worker said ahead of International Woman’s Day Saturday.
“We have a lot of resources, so we better use them all to develop the country and not leave them in vein,” said Kek Galabru, founder of the rights group Licadho said.
Members of Licadho traveled to PJ, Prey Sar and Takmau prisons Saturday to highlight the conditions across Cambodia’s penal system.
More than 500 women live in Cambodian prison, and in February the group found four pregnant.
About 50 children nationwide live with their mothers in prison, Licadho says.
Kek Galabru told VOA Khmer ahead of International Women’s Day that women need more higher education and encouragement from their families and society in general.
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