Cambodia is one of the few countries where International Women's Day is a public holiday, and its long-serving leader marked the occasion with a tongue-in-cheek call for protecting men's rights. Prime Minister Hun Sen, better known for savaging his political enemies than joking about family life, said many men in Cambodia are oppressed by wives who do not let them go to wedding parties for fear that they would eye prettier women. He said he didn't think he was being extreme in demanding that an association be set up to promote men's rights. However, Hun Sen did not ignore the many problems besetting Cambodia's women, highlighting unequal pay, fewer educational opportunities and domestic violence.
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