Thursday, 25.10.2007: Officials Optimistic about Women’s Web Portal

Posted on 25 October 2007. Filed under: Week 531 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 531

“Phnom Penh: Representatives of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and relevant national and international organizations concerned with women’s issues showed optimism about a Women’s Web Portal that it will play an important role to provide and share information about women’s issues to Cambodian people, to which also the Cambodian Government and international institutions pay attention.

“Ms. Sy Define, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Women Affairs, said on the occasion of the official launching of the Khmer-language Women’s Web Portal on Wednesday morning, 24 October 2007, that the Women’s Web Portal, which is accessible at, will surely play a very important role in collecting and sharing information related to women’s issues, to distribute them to the public so they get more understanding of women’s issues.

“The Undersecretary of State puts high value on the Women’s Web Portal which is written in the Khmer language, which gives more opportunities for communication to Cambodian nationals, who know how to use a computer, they can find information in the Khmer language about women’s issues in Cambodia.

“At the same time, Mr. Outh Renne, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Open Institute, also considered the Women’s Web Portal to become another valuable move ahead for Cambodia, especially for the group of women who are the target of the program.

“He said, ‘When Cambodian women get the opportunity and ability to use information and communication technology, it will be a key and potential aspect of expanding productivity and creativity, to increase economic income, develop capacity building and the ability to use information technology; it is also an important key to support exchanges in the fields of culture, economy, and society for all people.’

“The Women’s Web Portal is a program of the Open Institute, and it was created with the aim of promoting gender equality for a society in which women can exercise their rights in a balanced way and can build competence to become self-sufficient, with wider participation of women in social, economic, and political life.

“Ms. Chim Manavy, the Executive Director of the Open Institute, said at that occasion, ‘Information is power. Therefore, when women have access to sufficient information, they are more powerful, self-confident, and have better opportunities to participate in various economic, social, and political activities. Access to knowledge will also help women to have a more fulfilled life.’

“The program is financially supported by the Spanish International Cooperation Agency and the Open Society Institute [OSI/USA].

“The Executive Director stated the clear plan that the Women’s Web Portal, which provides much information, such as legal documents and various conventions supporting the elimination of discrimination against women, the situation of women, and challenges they face, will also publish texts to further promote gender equity understanding.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4419, 25.10.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 25 October 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1475, 25.10.2007

  • Samdech Prime Minister Receives Economic Nobel Prize Winner [Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz]
  • Ban to Exchanging [or selling] of School and Hospital Sites Is for the People’s Interest [responding to opposition criticism of Hun Sen’s speech about the ban, that the ban is politically prejudiced]
  • Nearly One Million California Residents Harmed by Forest Fires

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #43, 25.10.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Demands National Election Committee Meets with Communes and Subdistricts Again to Find Appropriate Decisions on the Deletion of Voters’ Names from Lists of Form 1025

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6175, 25.10.2007

  • Royal Cabinet Announces that 31 October Is Samdech Euv’s [Father King’s] Birthday Anniversary, He Will Not Accept Gifts

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3294, 25.10.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Asks National Election Committee to Review Deletion of People’s Names from Voter Lists

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4419, 25.10.2007

  • Officials Optimistic about Women’s Web Portal
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union [Member] Suggests Sam Rainsy Party and Kem Sokha’s [Human Rights] Party Join as a Democratic Force [Kem Sokha is interested, but he sets some conditions, such a as clarification about the party president’s term; however, Sam Rainsy does not care about the alliance, saying that his party has a lot of urgent things to do]
  • Officials Seize More Than 500 Diesel Fuel Machines for Trademark Violation

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3168, 25.10.2007

  • Concern over Robberies Which Happen throughout Cambodia

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #534, 25.10.2007

  • Khmer Democrats Can Unite Together Only after They Lose Elections [say political analysts]
  • Hun Sen Lies to European Parliament that Solution of Land Disputes in Cambodia Is Smooth and Successful
  • Sao Rany [deputy secretary-general of Norodom Ranariddh Party] and You Hockry [secretary-general] Ask for Meeting with Mr. Sam Rainsy [for negotiations]

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