Victim-Blaming Culture In Cambodia

Cambodian women are posting images of themselves in swimwear and skimpy outfits on social media in a move to condemn a proposed law governing the way people should dress in public.

The draft legislation, said to take effect in 2021 – if approved by government ministries and the national assembly – would allow Cambodian police to fine people deemed to be dressed inappropriately. The law would prohibit women from wearing anything “too short” or “too see-through” and would also ban men from going out shirtless.

Although billed by the Cambodian government as a way to preserve national traditions, rights campaigners said it could be used to curtail women’s freedoms and reinforce a culture of impunity around sexual violence. 

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