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Women Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (WEDs) face several barriers, including a physical environment that is not accessible, lack of information and communication, negative attitudes of people towards disability, and limited access to economic opportunities. The Bodhi Tree Incubator Program and Bodhi Tree Accelerator Program, delivered by Agile Development Group through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, was designed to address the limited access of Women Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (WEDs) to economic opportunities. The program equipped WEDs with [...]


We recently visited Prey Veng, Tboung Khmum, and Kampong Cham provinces with government agencies and development partners including the MoSVY Cambodia, UNICEF Cambodia and UNDP Cambodia to observe the progress of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and their collaboration with local authorities toward the promotion of inclusive social protection at the sub-national level. We also visited a physical rehabilitation centre in Kampong Cham to learn about the progress on the various services being provided at the centre. is proud [...]


On 24 August 2022, the Women Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Forum was co-organised by the Agile Development Group (Agile) and the Department of Welfares for Persons with Disabilities (DWPD) of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veteran and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY). The forum aimed to raise public awareness on the socioeconomic contribution of women entrepreneurs with disabilities (WEDs) to society, introduce them to potential funding sources and economic opportunities as well as showcase products that their businesses have to offer. A representative [...]


“My dream is to advocate for my rights to reduce discrimination. I want to take trips and enjoy entertainment like others and start a family.” said Ms Or Sarath who has communication and swallowing difficulties, while one of her peers, who has a similar condition said he wanted to earn some money, and build work connections with other people. They shared these aspirations with the audience during the Learning and Exchange workshop held on 19 August 2022 in Phnom [...]


On 10 August 2022, the Director of the Department of Social Development of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) chaired and facilitated the 11th Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream quarterly meeting organised by the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program. The meeting aimed to review key achievements, major challenges, and best practices, including success stories, and determine the next quarter’s priorities. Forty participants (of which 28 were females), including representatives from MoWA, Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA), [...]


On 9 August 2022, the Australia – Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program organised the 11th Disability Workstream Quarterly Meeting. Mr Sann Ratana, the new director of the Department of Welfare for Persons with Disabilities (DWPD) at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) chaired the meeting. Participants discussed key achievements and major challenges in the disability workstream over the past year and the most recent quarter, as well as identifying the priorities for [...]


On 29 July 2022, the Australian Government, through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, distributed educational materials to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) for setting up counselling rooms in support of gender-based violence (GBV) services at 22 sites across ACCESS-targeted provinces. The sites are located as follows: nine in Siem Reap, five in Kampong Speu, five in Kampong Cham, two in Tboung Khum, and one in Rattanakiri province. (more…)


On 29 July 2022, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), in collaboration with The Asia Foundation, Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), and Women Peace Makers, organised a closing ceremony to mark the completion of a series of regional training on ‘Essential Service Packages for Service Providers that Support Women Experiencing Gender-Based Violence’. With support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the training was provided to representatives from nine Provincial Departments of [...]


On 22 July 2022, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), in collaboration with, The Asia Foundation, and Women Peace Makers, organised the closing ceremony of the training series on ‘Essential Service Packages for Service Providers that Support Women Experiencing Gender-Based Violence (GBV)’. With support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the training was provided to ACCESS Implementing Partners (IPs) working in the GBV stream. The training series covered five essential service packages, [...]


On 14 July 2022, with support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the General Secretariat of the Disability Action Council (DAC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organised a training on the utilisation of DAC’s web application for data entry and reporting on NDSP 2. The training was delivered to Disability Action Working Groups from Ministries, Provincial DACs and institutions, and representatives of Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation (CDPO). This training aimed [...]