Discussion Meeting on the Aide-Memoire Guidelines on Good Practices in Mediation as a Response to Violence Against Women

Discussion Meeting on the Aide-Memoire Guidelines on Good Practices in Mediation as a Response to Violence Against Women

On 23 February 2021, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) organised a meeting on the Aide-Memoire Guidelines on Good Practices in Mediation as a Response to Violence Against Women. This meeting was organised with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.

The purpose of the meeting was to validate the mediation aide-memoire document and to seek mechanisms for better collaboration with line ministries to implement good practices in mediation in response to violence against women. The aide-memoire resource is an addition to the existing mediation documents, and focuses on when and how mediation responds to violence against women are required to ensure the appropriateness of protecting the rights and safety of women survivors.

The participants were representatives from MoWA, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Information, and ACCESS Implementing Partners. Her Excellency Hou Samith, the Secretary of State of MoWA, also attended and provided opening and closing remarks. She appreciated the support of UN Women through funding from the ACCESS Program and the feedback from related partners in developing the mediation aide-memoire document to continue to solve cases in a timely manner.

The ACCESS Program is working with the Royal Government of Cambodia and Implementing Partners, through the support of the Australian Government, to provide sustainable services to women affected by gender-based violence and persons with disabilities.