11th Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream Quarterly Meeting – Lessons Learned, Challenges and Key Achievements

11th Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream Quarterly Meeting – Lessons Learned, Challenges and Key Achievements

On 10 August 2022, the Director of the Department of Social Development of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) chaired and facilitated the 11th Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream quarterly meeting organised by the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program. The meeting aimed to review key achievements, major challenges, and best practices, including success stories, and determine the next quarter’s priorities.

Forty participants (of which 28 were females), including representatives from MoWA, Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA), Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Disability Action Council, ACCESS’ Implementing Partners working in the GBV stream, including UN Women, ADD International, The Asia Foundation (TAF), CARE Cambodia, Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre (CWCC), and Transcultural Psychological Organisation (TPO), and representatives from DFAT and the ACCESS team were in attendance.

Ms. Sar Sineth, MoWA’s Deputy Director of Social Development, provided a general update on the direct technical support provided to MoWA by ACCESS. She shared key achievements from the GBV Workstream, including key results from Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) activities, lessons learned and key challenges, and next steps-MoWA-ACCESS upcoming events to conduct consultation workshops, and the preparation for the 16 days Campaign Ending Violence Against Women.

PDoWA in Siem Reap highlighted their achievement of expanding their support to GBV survivors through GBV Response Working Groups in six new targeted districts. TPO recorded improvement in the psychological wellbeing of women affected by GBV as a result of capacity building to local service providers. TPO expressed that emotional/physical support was crucial to supporting women survivors and empowering them to make their own decisions as well as promote their rights. They emphasised that the support provided to women affected by GBV required support from related authorities as well.

Mr Connor Floyd, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, expressed in his concluding remarks that he greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn from everyone on the overall progress, key achievements, and challenges, and how these challenges were addressed. He appreciated the hard work and commitment of government counterparts and IPs to support women affected by GBV.

Her Excellency Nhean Sochetra, who chaired the meeting, concluded: “During this half-day meeting, I learned from the presentations of the seven IPs, four PDoWAs, and the ACCESS team whose activities are highly commendable and notable. The results highlighted come from the successful collaboration between the Royal Government of Cambodia and IPs and leaders at the sub-national levels.”