Gender in Brief


The total Cambodian population is 15,288,489 (51.3% female),1 with the country experiencing significant population growth since 2015. Despite females accounting for more than 50% of population, gender equality remains a major issue. While the majority of people are aware of gender issues and the resultant inequality, they predominantly follow traditional gender-based social norms, culture and stereotypes, which causes problems within families, workplaces and society more broadly, particularly in relation to gender-based violence (GBV), which continues to be widely persistent across the country. From 3 January 2020 to 14 January 2022, there have been 120,718 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,015 deaths1. COVID-19 has magnified existing gender norms and roles, particularly for women and girls in having to manage more tasks in the household.