12th Quarterly Meeting – (Gender-Based Violence Workstream)

12th Quarterly Meeting – (Gender-Based Violence Workstream)

On 31 October 2022, the 12th Quarterly Meeting of the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream was held with support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.

The objectives of this meeting, as chaired by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), were to review key achievements and major challenges, share best practices, including success stories, and determine and agree on a key suite of priorities for the next quarter.

The meeting was attended by representatives from MoWA, the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA), the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, the Disability Action Council Secretariat General (DAC-SG), and ACCESS’ Implementing Partners (IPs) working in the GBV stream, which include UN Women, ADD International, The Asia Foundation (TAF), CARE Cambodia, Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) and the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre (CWCC).

Various participants at the meeting presented their key achievements as well as lessons learned, some of which are described in this article.

CWCC shared lessons learned on the creation of the Women’s Support Group. A representative from CWCC highlighted that active participation by the members of the support group has increased their confidence to express the problems they face and seek assistance. Moreover, they emphasised the significance of good collaboration among key stakeholders to ensure better understanding and flexibility in working together for the success of the project.

TPO reported on the results it has achieved through technical assistance to local service providers in organising psychoeducation in their villages and providing psychological services to survivors through referral mechanisms. During this quarter, 199 participants joined the awareness session, and about 80 percent of them demonstrated an improvement in their knowledge as a result of the training.

The MoWA representative highlighted the upcoming 16-day campaign against GBV with government partners and IPs as a major activity. MoWA expressed their gratitude for the support from the Australian Government through the ACCESS Program in developing materials for the event to raise awareness of women and girls’ rights and disseminate information on GBV response services.

To conclude the meeting, H.E Nhean Sochetra, the Director of the Department of Social Development at MoWA who chaired the meeting, thanked participants for sharing their accomplishments and lessons learned in the GBV workstream. She applauded the coordination efforts between the provincial and district/commune levels in responding to GBV.

Ms Anne ROUGE-Khiev, Team Leader of the ACCESS Program, also appreciated the inputs from various participants as well as their excellent presentations. She congratulated the MoWA team for their commendable achievements and expressed continued support for a fruitful partnership.