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On 27-28 October 2022, the Australian Government, through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), organised a workshop on the pilot implementation of the monitoring checklists of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Services. The event was attended by Juridical Police Officers and Juridical Police Agents from eight Provincial Departments of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA) as well as the ACCESS Implementing Partners working in the GBV sector. Four monitoring checklists on GBV services [...]


On 13 October 2022, with support from the Australian Government through the Australian-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, a reflection workshop was organised, with approximately 60 participants from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, the Ministry of Interior, the Disability Action Council Secretariate General, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the National Social Security Fund, the Physical Rehabilitation Centres, Persons with Disabilities Foundation, ACCESS Implementing Partners, and sub-national [...]


On 30 September 2022, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), with technical support from UN Women, organised the 27th meeting of the Technical Working Group on Gender -Gender-Based Violence (TWGG-GBV). The meeting was held with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. The TWGG-GBV conducts quarterly meetings, bringing together relevant ministries and institutions, civil society organisations, and development partners to meet and share with each other. The recent meeting aimed to [...]


On 15 September 2022, the Disability Action Council-Secretariat General (DAC-SG), Provincial Disability Action Councils (Pro-DAC) of Battambang, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organised the third quarterly meeting of Pro-DACs to discuss the achievements of the year 2022 and determine future directions in disability inclusion in the Battambang province through the support of the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. The meeting aimed to discuss the Pro-DAC’s accomplishments from January to August 2022, review and finalise the [...]


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 [...]