The Kingdom of Cambodia is located in mainland southeast Asia. Its ethnic population groups include the majority Khmer as well as Vietnamese, Cham, and Chinese. Buddhism is the predominant religion, but there are also Christians and Muslims. There is a strong emphasis on kinship, marriage, and family. Women enjoy full legal and political equality, but their access to the highest political and economic positions is restricted by traditional views. Many also suffer from violence, poverty, and inadequate living conditions. Cambodia ranked 104 of 134 countries in the World Economic Forum's 2009 Global Gender Gap Report.

Marriage and family are the social norm. Arranged marriages are common, but children are not obligated to accept their chosen partners. Society is hierarchical and one's status plays a significant role ...

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