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CCHR 01Aug2012 Press Release - CCHR Publishes Data on Women Political Representation_ENG

CCHR 01Aug2012 Press Release - CCHR Publishes Data on Women Political Representation_ENG

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CCHR Press Release
Phnom Penh, 01 August 2012CCHR Releases
Map and Data of Women’s Political Representation in Commune Councils
 in 2012
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) today
01 August 2012
publishes amap and data analysis of wom
en’s political representation in Commune Councils in
Cambodia.The results of the Commune/Sangkat Elections, which took place on 3 June 2012, were
released on 24 June 2012 by the National Election Committee (“NEC”)
. The results show thatwomen were elected to 2,038 Commune Council seats around the country, amounting to17.79% of the total number of seats. A great majority of the women elected, however, wereelected to low-ranking positions, with only 4.6% being elected as Commune Chief.Moreover, there are large discrepancies between parties, with some of the smaller partiesachieving very low female representation.
Using the NEC’s data, CCHR has provided an analysis of women’s representation in
candidate lists as well as of the number of women elected. The data is available both for thewhole country and for individual provinces, and for individual political parties.The data is hosted by the award-winning CCHR-hosted Cambodia Human Rights Portal athttp://sithi.org/commune_election_map 
Chor Chanthyda, Project Coordinator of the Project to Promote Women’s Political
Representation, commented on the launch of the map, as follows:
By incorporating data analysis of women candidates and women elected to communecouncils in 2012 into an interactive map, we are able to present a full 
 picture of women’s
 political representation at the commune level. We hope that both the Royal Government of Cambodia and political parties will use the data in their efforts to promote women in politics.While there is a clear need for national legislation requiring specific quotas of women oncandidate lists, the lack of such legislation should not stop individual parties fromundertaking initiatives to increase the level of female representation within their own
For more information, please contact Chor Chanthyda, Project Coordinator, tel: +855 (0)12 515 506 or email: thyda@cchrcambodia.org.  Notes to Editor:
founded in November 2002, is a non-aligned, independent, non-governmental
organization (“NGO”) that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human
rights throughout Cambodia,

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