27th Meeting of the Technical Working Group on Gender (TWGG)-Gender Based Violence (GBV): Gathering Key Achievements, Lessons Learned, Challenges, and Recommendations

27th Meeting of the Technical Working Group on Gender (TWGG)-Gender Based Violence (GBV): Gathering Key Achievements, Lessons Learned, Challenges, and Recommendations

On 30 September 2022, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), with technical support from UN Women, organised the 27th meeting of the Technical Working Group on Gender -Gender-Based Violence (TWGG-GBV). The meeting was held with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.

The TWGG-GBV conducts quarterly meetings, bringing together relevant ministries and institutions, civil society organisations, and development partners to meet and share with each other. The recent meeting aimed to review progress on the implementation of the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW). Participating members shared achievements in service provision in response to GBV, lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations for next steps, and discussed key actions for the upcoming 16 Days of Activism against women and girls.

Ms Anne Rouve-Khiev, Team Leader, ACCESS Program, stated in the meeting, “We know that ongoing effort is needed to ensure that service provision is compliant with agreed standards and principles. Investing in service providers is still needed, but we also need to shift our attention to develop systematic and supportive monitoring mechanisms.”

Her Excellency Hou Samith, Secretary of State at MoWA and Chairwoman of TWGG-GBV, gave opening remarks at the meeting. She stated that despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions have given more attention to the implementation of NAPVAW via physical and online means and have contributed well towards GBV prevention and response. She appreciated the work and commitment evidenced from various institutions for their effective collaboration and support in promoting gender equality and pursuing Women’s rights.

Through the ACCESS Program, the Australian Government works in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia to support the implementation of NAPVAW and the National Disability Strategic Plan (NDSP).