Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in Cambodia

Publication | March 2015

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.

  • US$22.00 (paperback)

The study 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. It makes a series of policy recommendations, identifies areas for further research, and highlights how Asian Development Bank investments can promote women’s economic empowerment.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction: Participation, Benefit, and Agency
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment: Status, Trends, and Emerging Issues
  • Obstacles to Women’s Economic Empowerment
  • Women and Labor Migration
  • Girls’ and Women’s Vulnerability to Shocks and Crises
  • The Institutional and Legal Context for Women’s Economic Empowerment
  • Policy Recommendations and Areas for Further Research
  • ADB Support for Women’s Economic Empowerment
  • Annex 1: Gender and Development Cooperation Fund Case Study: Public–Private Partnerships at the Siem Reap Women’s Development Center
  • Annex 2: Asian Development Fund Case Study: The Second Education Sector Development Program

Additional Details

  • Gender
  • Migration, trafficking, and human mobility
  • Participation and empowerment
  • Cambodia
  • 84
  • 8.5 x 11
  • RPT146953
  • 978-92-9254-887-2 (print)
  • 978-92-9254-888-9 (electronic)

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