This year’s International Women’s Day got off to a really rocky start in Cambodia when the government rejected a request to have a rally celebrating the 100 year anniversary of International Women’s Day.
The government failed to provide any reason for its rejection of a permit in a March 7, 2011 letter from Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chutema to the CWMO. Speakers and a celebration were planned. Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi had previously agreed to speak at the event, but when the permit was denied, she said she was no longer available to attend.
That’s too bad the rally permit wasn’t granted to have International Women’s Day on International Women’s Day. It’s considered a national holiday, but I guess the Cambodian government didn’t get the memo about IWD or human rights for women.