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The COVID-19 emergency’s impact on women: Cambodia’s case history

The issue of how to truly empower women continues to be hotly debated among politicians, academics, development practitioners, and the like, despite the fact that the initial discussions of this issue started long ago, in the 1960s.

Women’s empowerment is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which is set to promote gender equality and empower women and girls. There are several possible ways to achieve this goal of the UN SDGs. One of the effective paths to genuinely and sustainably empower women and girls is through the increase of income generation and employment opportunities for them, so that they have stronger financial resources for independent livelihoods. How can this be effectively made possible?

An ideal solution is, possibly, by means of more deeply integrating poor developing countries’ economies into the global market through trade liberalisation and unilateral trade preferences initiated by rich and advanced economies, such as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Everything But Arms (EBA) of the European Union (EU).

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