Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment in Cambodia

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Asian Development Bank (ADB) ; Asian Development Bank (ADB) ; Asian Development Bank (ADB) ; Asian Development Bank (ADB) (2015)
  • Subject: women, economic empowerment, poverty reduction, Cambodia, wage employment, labor migration

Women’s economic empowerment is essential for more inclusive growth in Cambodia. This study takes stock of major gender issues in the Cambodian economy seen through the lens of women’s participation, benefit, and agency—the three prerequisites for a fairer distribution of growth benefits. It examines labor market trends and obstacles to women’s economic empowerment—particularly in agriculture, business development, and wage employment. Labor migration and vulnerability to shocks are highlighted as special themes. The study makes a series of policy recommendations, identifies areas for further research, and highlights how Asian Development Bank investments can promote women’s economic empowerment.
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