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During the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable groups, in particular persons with disabilities and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), have faced an increased level of stress and isolation. Therefore, remote psychological support plays an important role to ensure the continuation of service provision during the pandemic. The Australian Government, through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Service (ACCESS) Program, is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and Implementing Partners (IPs) to provide sustainable and equitable services to persons [...]


On 1st July 2021, the Disability Action Council-Secretariat General (DAC-SG) and Kampong Cham Provincial DAC co-organised a virtual training on project cycle with a focus on the development of action plans and monitoring at Kampong Cham. This training was provided with the technical support from the UNDP through the DFAT-funded Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. The objective of this training was to strengthen the understanding of the key concepts of action plan development and monitoring and to [...]


On 25 June 2021, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr. Ben Gauntlett, and the Charge d’Affaires at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, Mr. Luke Arnold, held a dialogue  with His Excellency Em Chan Makara, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSVY) and the Secretary General of the Disability Action Council (DAC) on Cambodia’s newly proposed Disability Law. The purpose of the meeting was to share and discuss mutual experiences and best practices on the [...]


Vulnerable groups, in particular persons with disabilities, are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 when accessing public services. It has been challenging for Physical Rehabilitation Centres (PRCs) to provide services to persons with disabilities during the pandemic due to social distancing and restriction measures, and a lack of communication equipment and materials to deliver services safely. On 23 June 2021, the Australian Government, through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, and in collaboration with Humanity and [...]


On 11 June 2021, the Australian Government, through the Australian-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, co- supported an orientation workshop on digital skills development and online public speaking for young officials from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) and the Provincial Departments of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA). The workshop was chaired by MoWA and participants included senior officials from MoWA and representatives from the Secretariat of the Cambodian National Council for Women, Australian Embassy to Cambodia, ACCESS team, [...]


On 4th June 2021, H.E. Pablo Kang, the Ambassador to Cambodia, along with Her Excellency Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs, remotely distributed certificates to young officials at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) for completing a series of training, supported by the DFAT-funded ACCESS Program, on relevant laws related to domestic violence. (more…)


Early June 2021, with support from the Australian Government-DFAT funded Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) chaired a series of virtual meetings between the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD), the Disability Action Council (DAC), the Ministry of Economic and Finance(MEF), the MoWA team and the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Response Working Groups’ members  to learn about establishing and operating GBV Response Working Groups. (more…)


On 3rd June 2021, Luke Arnold, Australia’s Deputy Ambassador to Cambodia, together with H.E. Hou Samith, Secretary of State, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, attended a third handover ceremony to distribute COVID-19 protective materials to vulnerable women and girls affected by gender-based violence (GBV). Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a virtual ceremony. (more…)


On 3rd June 2021, Mr. Luke Arnold, Deputy Ambassador of the Australian Embassy in Cambodia and H.E. Sem Sokha, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) of the Government of Cambodia co-chaired the 5th ACCESS Steering Committee (ASC) Meeting. (more…)