Cambodia: bill to ban women wearing short skirts prompts outcry

A draft public order law that would ban women from wearing short skirts has been condemned by gender rights groups in Cambodia and sparked an outcry online.

The draft law, which includes sweeping rules to govern people’s behaviour in public spaces, would prohibit women from wearing items that are “too short or too revealing” and ban men from going outside topless.

In response, women have shared pictures of themselves in swimwear on social media, and a petition set up to oppose the proposals has attracted more than 14,000 signatures.

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