Cambodia sees rise in abuse of women during pandemic

'One in five women in Cambodia had suffered violence', says human rights body.

Women in Cambodia witnessed a rise in rights abuse and violence during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a human rights body said.

“In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic […] we see that there seems to have been a turning point – more women face increasing violence because so many of them work at home rather than outside,” Chak Sopheap, executive director Cambodia Centre for Human Rights (CCHR), said in a report released on Dec. 6.

The CCHR found “one in five women in Cambodia had suffered violence”. Those who perpetrated the violence included partners, family members, colleagues, acquaintances or public officials, daily The Phnom Penh Post reported on Wednesday.

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