Celebration of the 110th International Women’s Day: ACCESS supports the Ministry of Women’s Affairs

Celebration of the 110th International Women’s Day: ACCESS supports the Ministry of Women’s Affairs

On March 8, 2021, the Australian Government, through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, supported the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) in celebrating the 110th International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme, chosen by MoWA, titled Women and Development in the COVID-19 Context, aligns with the one chosen by the United Nations, i.e., Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.

Being unable to gather in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restriction measures in place,  key messages were shared through social media. For IWD, ACCESS supported MoWA in organizing the Smart Youth Competition at the national level, to engage young people in awareness-raising on gender equality and gender-based violence through social media. MoWA will also disseminate key messages from frontline service providers and local authorities on their experience in providing services to survivors of violence. ACCESS supported the production of communication materials such as selfie sticks, photo frames, banners, all displaying empowerment messages for women and girls.

Activities are also taking place in specific provinces such as in Rattanakiri where awareness-raising messages will target ethnic minority groups through radio, and audio broadcast in the community. Topics will cover access to GBV services information, women and girls’ rights and COVID-19 prevention measures and will use different ethnic minority languages. Furthermore, two short videos documentaries will present good practices in response to GBV cases  from two target provinces of Kampong Cham and Tboung Khmum. These short videos will be disseminated on social media. In Siem Reap, the Provincial Department for Women’s Affairs will organize community forums at the district level to raise awareness on women’s rights, access to GBV services and COVID-19 prevention measures.

H.E. Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, stated in a video for IWD, “The promotion of gender equality and the elimination of all forms of violence against women, both at home and overseas, are central to the Australian Government’s agenda.”  He added that everyone can play a positive role in preventing all forms of violence against women and contribute to empowering them.

ACCESS works in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia to support the implementation of the third National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPWAWIII). On the occasion of IWD 2021, ACCESS is proud to support the enhancement of women and girls’ rights in Cambodia and to strengthen a sustainable response to GBV. We celebrate the commitment of women leaders at the national and sub-national levels and frontline workers in building an equitable society in Cambodia.