23rd Meeting of the Technical Working Group-Gender Based Violenceaccess
On February 19, 2021, with support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS), and in collaboration with UN Women, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) organised a one-day Technical Working Group-Gender Based Violence (TWG-GBV) meeting to introduce the Annual Operational Plan (AOP) format to implement the third National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAWIII) and collect inputs from members.
The objective of the meeting was also to monitor progress and challenges in addressing GBV and to strengthen cooperation between members of the TWG-GBV network. To ensure the smooth implementation of NAPVAWIII, launched on January 19, 2021, the TWG-GBV will develop the AOP to mobilise and operationalise the action plan at the national level.
On this occasion, Ms. Sarah Wadley, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy to Cambodia expressed her appreciation to MoWA and to all stakeholders, especially frontline service providers for the amazing effort put into maintaining the availability of services for all women during the COVID-19 pandemic. She stated, “Promoting gender equality and enabling women to fully participate in political, economic and social life is a key focus of Australia’s development efforts. The prevention of domestic violence, and all forms of violence against women and girls, is a necessary aspect of it.”
Her Excellency Hou Samith, Secretary of State, MoWA, stated in her opening remarks that she appreciated the support of the Australian Government through ACCESS, as well as that of line ministries, implementing partners, and civil society in preventing violence against women and providing services to survivors of GBV. The efficient response to violence against women cannot be achieved without support from all relevant partners, who are highly committed, provide means to intervene and protect survivors and meet their needs in a timely manner.