Biliteral meeting with the Ministry of Women’s Affairsaccess
On 7 September 2021, Mr Andreas Zurbrugg, the Deputy Ambassador at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, met with H.E Hou Samith, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) and representatives from MoWA’s various departments, including the Social Development Department, General Directorate on Gender Equality and Economic Development, and the Legal Protection Department.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the achievements in addressing violence against women in the context of the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, as well as the preparation of the Asia-Europe Forum on Women, Peace and Security in October 2021 and the ASEAN Women’s Leaders Summit in 2022.
In her opening remarks, H.E Hou Samith welcomed Mr Andreas in his new posting in Cambodia. She also thanked the Australian Embassy to Cambodia for their support and contributions to improving the lives of vulnerable women and persons with disabilities in Cambodia.
Mr Andreas stated: “It is my pleasure to discuss our long-standing and fruitful partnership to advance the rights of women in Cambodia. Gender equality is central to all our Australian Aid investments in Cambodia.” He also welcomed the Royal Government of Cambodia’s initiative to host the second ASEAN Women’s Leaders Forum and expressed his appreciation for the remarkable results achieved over the years by engaging women in Cambodia’s demining work that the Australian Government has long supported.
The Australian Embassy and MoWA will next discuss suitable interventions and activities for support across GBV and Gender Equality ahead of the upcoming forum in October 2021.
The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and Implementing Partners to improve the sustainability, quality and inclusiveness of services for persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV. ACCESS reflects Australia’s strong commitment to supporting human rights in Cambodia, gender equality and disability-inclusive development.