As Cambodia nears its second district and municipal council elections in May, about 200 women councilors from the sub-national level attended a workshop Friday to call for political parties to increase the number of women candidates in the upcoming election. Currently, 12 percent of councilors at the sub-national level are women, and some provinces have no female representation at all, said Thida Khus, executive director of local NGO Silaka, which co-hosted the workshop along with the Sub-Committee on Capacity Development to Promote Women in Politics. At the provincial level, only 37 of 374 councilor positions are held by
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