Disability Action Council Members at the Sub-National level Receive Training on Gender Equality

Disability Action Council Members at the Sub-National level Receive Training on Gender Equality

During September 2021, the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC) with support from the DFAT-funded Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, organised a virtual Gender Equality (GE) training for 205 participants (98 of which were women) who are members of Provincial Disability Action Council (Pro-DACs) from five provinces (namely Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum, Kampong Speu, and Battambang). The training was provided separately to each Pro-DAC by province.

The objective of the training was to build basic gender equality awareness among relevant disability stakeholders and service providers.

During the opening session of the training for Pro-DAC members from Battambang province, Ms. Anne Rouve-Khiev, ACCESS Team Leader, said: “I am grateful for the full support and cooperation from the General Secretariat of Disability Action Council, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and provincial authorities to make this training happen. We would also like to thank CWCC for providing technical support for this training. For the remaining two years of ACCESS, we wish to ensure that our work brings more tangible benefits to women with disabilities. They represent more than half of persons with disabilities in Cambodia and globally.”

She added: “We wish to see more women with disabilities accessing disability and GBV services, more women entrepreneurs with disabilities reach success, and to see more women lead the Disabled People’s Organisations or taking leadership roles at the sub-national and national levels.”

Her Excellency Prak Thaveak Pheary, Deputy Secretary General of the Disability Action Council (DAC) stated in the opening session in Battambang that she appreciated the continuous support from the Australian Government through the ACCESS Program to implement the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW) and the National Disability Strategic Plan (NDSP). She encouraged all trainees to actively participate and share experiences and learn on GE in order to apply the knowledge and skills in their disability inclusion work.

The main topics covered during the training included the concept of gender, gender roles, gender-based violence, the intersectionality of GBV and disability, and the accessing to equitable services. Moreover, they discussed the barriers of women with disabilities in accessing the services and possible solutions that could address these barriers.