28th Meeting of TWGG-GBV and Closing Ceremony of the 16-Days of Activism for Ending Violence Against Women Campaignaccess
On 9 December 2022, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), with support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program and UN Women, organised the 28th meeting of the Technical Working Group on Gender – subcommittee on Gender-Based Violence (TWGG-GBV) and the closing ceremony of the 16-Days of Activism for Ending Violence Against Women Campaign.
The meeting aimed to join in the celebration of the 16-day campaign to end violence against women under the theme, ’UNiTE! Activism To End Violence Against Women & Girls’, and to discuss and evaluate the implementation of the third National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW III) 2019-2023.
Ms Anne Rouve-Khiev, Team Leader of the ACCESS Program, stated that many women continue to experience violence, and many were unable to address their issues due to a lack of support and self-confidence. She highlighted the significance of the meeting to discuss achievements, progress, lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations to prevent violence against women. She appreciated the work of MoWA and related partners for the celebration of the 16-day campaign. “We united, coordinated, and spoke out in the fight to end violence against women and girls.”
H.E Hou Samith, Secretary of State at MoWA, expressed in her opening remarks that eliminating all forms of violence was a key agenda item for the Royal Government of Cambodia in developing human resources, inclusiveness and sustainability in development. Government institutions, development partners, and civil society organisations were committed and contributed to promoting gender equality and protecting the rights of women and girls in Cambodia in all circumstances.
ACCESS works in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and its Implementing Partners to support the implementation of the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW) and the National Disability Strategic Plan (NDSP).