Australian Embassy Celebrates International Women’s Day

Australian Embassy Celebrates International Women’s Day

On June 9 2020, the Australian Embassy celebrated #IWD2020 with a focus on empowering women with disabilities. Women and girls with disabilities experience double discrimination, which places them at higher risk of gender-based violence, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation.

We were delighted to host Agile Development Group and Light for the World at the Embassy, to present their approaches to empowering women with disabilities, as supported through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program.

This event was also a great opportunity to hear from inspiring Cambodian women with disabilities, whose journeys of empowerment have brought about positive change and inclusion within their communities. These women, Nareth, Sor San and Sreypich, shared their moving personal stories and the obstacles they have overcome. We were also pleased to host a Ministry of Women’s Affairs representative and two Australia Awards Scholarships alumni, Lengsea and Champamunny, at our event. Both women will shortly commence PhD courses under university scholarships at Curtin University and La Trobe University.

Australia is committed to disability inclusion, gender equality and women’s empowerment at home and the Indo-Pacific region. Men and women both play important roles in advancing gender equality and creating a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities.