Australia Supports Improved Legal Service Provision to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Cambodia

Australia Supports Improved Legal Service Provision to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Cambodia

On 3 May 2022, the Australian Government supported the Cambodian National Council for Women (CNCW) in organising an Annual Reflection Meeting on legal service provision to women and girl survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).

The meeting aimed to reflect on the efforts that had been implemented to aid the provision of legal services to poor women and girls affected by GBV, as well as the facilitation of legal education in 2021. The meeting aimed to further strengthen the cooperation between relevant stakeholders, especially service providers and GBV survivors for more effective provision of quality legal services.

The meeting attendees included H.E Dr Ing Kantha Phavi, President of CNCW and Minister of Women’s Affairs, H.E Ly Chantola, President of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC), Mr Connor Floyd, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, as well as delegation lawyers and Judicial Police Officers/Judicial Police Agents (JPOs/JPAs) of the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs from 25 provinces.

H.E Dr Ing Kantha Phavi, was pleased to announce that despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, CNCW and BAKC managed to provide key support services to 110 GBV survivors, including 69 girls.

H.E Ly Chantola stated in his remarks: “This is an important meeting to identify strengths and challenges of providing legal defence services to women and girls affected by violence in 2021.  The discussion for expansion and strengthening the effectiveness of defence lawyers’ services is also crucial in ensuring the survivor receives professional assistance in real-time.” He suggested that delegation lawyers and JPOs/JPAs pay more attention to providing quality and effective legal services to women and girl survivors living in poverty, as well as their other clients.

In his remarks, Mr Connor Floyd, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia appreciated the strong commitment from key stakeholders including MoWA, CNCW, BAKC, and others in supporting women and girl survivors who faced challenges in accessing legal aid.

Through the ACCESS Program, the Australian Government is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia through various Implementing Partners to improve the quality and effectiveness of services needed by persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV.