Australian Ambassador was pleased to open a workshop on the ‘Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Protection of the Victims’

Australian Ambassador was pleased to open a workshop on the ‘Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Protection of the Victims’

On October 20th, 2020, His Excellency Pablo Kang, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, was pleased to open a workshop on the ‘Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Protection of Victims’, organized by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs with supported from the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. The purpose of the workshop to mainstream and enhance the understanding of the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims.

H.E Pablo Kang said “I am proud of what we do in Cambodia…because it positively contributes to advancing the rights of all Cambodians and, in particular, the rights of Cambodian women. The promotion of Gender Equality and the elimination of all forms of violence against women is central to the Government of Australia’s agenda to support regional security, stability and prosperity.” He added, “The awareness-raising workshop will valuably contribute to an improved response for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) survivors’ need for adequate legal support services. We welcome and congratulate the Royal Government of Cambodia’s initiative to provide free access to legal services for GBV survivors.”

Her excellency Khoem Chamroeun, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), stated, “I would like to thank the Australian Government for organizing this important workshop through the ACCESS Program, and for supporting MoWA in implementing prevention, response, and humanitarian activities to eliminate the risks faced by vulnerable women and women who experience domestic violence.”

Mr. Lawyer Sok Som Oeun an independence consultant explained, during the workshop, that when a serious incident of domestic violence occurs, authorities can separate victims from their abuser and further assist those victims in gaining access to a safe place or a health centre.

Ms. Toa Srey Mom, an officer at the Department of Legal Protection at MoWA, who participated in the workshop, expressed that this workshop gave her additional knowledge in classifying which cases were related to the Domestic Violence Law. She hopes to apply the information learned at the workshop in her daily work.

With support from the Australian Government, the ACCESS program works to provide technical and financial support to MoWA and implementing partners to promote sustainability, equality, and the provision of inclusive services in Cambodia to women affected by Gender-Based Violence and persons with disabilities.