Women are Silver, Women are Diamonds: Conflicting Images of Women in the Cambodian Print Media

This paper examines 116 articles related to sexual and reproductive health translated into English from the Khmer press from April 1997 to February 2004. These excerpts were found in The Mirror, a publication of the non-governmental organisation Open Forum of Cambodia, which collates and reviews all issues of the Khmer press on a weekly basis. Five major themes were identified: the politics of women’s health, government regulation and control, the sex industry in Cambodia, rape, and the HIV epidemic. Discourse analysis of these articles in the context of other sources and experience allows a gendered exploration of the reporting of sexual andreproductive health and rights issues in Cambodia by the Khmer print media. The reports explore the contested political empowerment of women in this strongly hierarchical society, and the mechanisms used to regulate and control sexual activity. The expanding sex industry and associated sexual trafficking are reported, together with the…

Authors: Peter S Hill and Heng Thay Ly

Institutional Sponsor: Reproductive Health Matters

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