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The Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program celebrated the 23rd National Day for Persons with Disabilities and the 39th International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on 3 December 2021. In partnership with the Department of Welfare for Persons with Disabilities (DWPD) of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSVY), the team supported the development and launch of the “OAKAS” App and a Disability Information Management System (DIMS). This year IDPD celebrated under the [...]

We would like to introduce Sun Sophearak, Monitoring and Legal Assistant at the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC) in Phnom Penh. She is working to support women and girl survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) including domestic and sexual violence, and trafficking. Sopherak’s role is to provide case monitoring legal assistance, which includes case documenting, psychological counselling, accompanying survivors to forensic examination (if requested), accompanying survivors to file a report, expediting cases from the hands of local police to the court, [...]

Meet Ms Thorn Kimsrun, a Director at the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA) and Deputy Permanent Director of the Provincial Response Working Group on Gender-Based Violence (PRWG-GBV) in Tboung Khmum province. As a service provider, she is committed to responding quickly to the needs of persons with disabilities who are survivors of GBV by monitoring cases and referring them to psychological and legal services. She emphasized the importance of understanding the needs of women and girls, including those with [...]

On 29 November 2021, the DFAT-funded Australian-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, through Humanity&Inclusion, one of ACCESS Implementing Partners, and the Disability Action Council (DAC), launched a dissemination workshop on “Technical Standards on Physical Accessibility – Infrastructure for Persons with Disabilities”. This workshop aimed to disseminate technical standards to relevant actors in Cambodia, including private actors, to improve infrastructure to be more inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities. (more…)

Meet Mr Nuth Lady, a counsellor and trainer at the Transcultural Psychological Organisation Cambodia TPO Cambodia, an implementing partner working on the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. Mr Lady supports local service providers by providing training to develop their skills, including on minimum standards for basic counselling, mental health first aid, stress management, and self-care for service providers and remote support during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also provides face-to-face and remote counselling to survivors of gender-based violence [...]

In Phnom Penh from 24-25 November 2021, the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre (CWCC) organised training on gender equality for the Gender Mainstreaming Action Group (GMAG) of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) with the support of the Australia Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. The training aimed to enhance gender equality awareness among relevant stakeholders and build a common understanding and standards for gender equality. (more…)

On 25 November 2021, the third Disability-Inclusive Social Protection Reference Group meeting was organised by the DFAT-funded Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program and General Secretariat for the National Social Protection Council (GS-NSPC). (more…)

Cowater International‘s ACCESS Program, funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, actively works to ensure GBV survivors are able to access services despite barriers, including COVID-19. #16daysofactivism #orangetheworld

Living in the remote area of Ratanakiri province, Sokha*, a 42-year-old Tampuen woman and mother of ten children, experienced physical and psychological abuse by her husband during a five-year period where she suffered in silence. When she eventually got the courage to tell her neighbours, she did not receive any support. She found a sense of hope when the Commune Committee for Women and Children (CCWC) visited her village to share information about the support services available to women affected [...]