Distribution of Educational Resources for Counselling Rooms to the Ministry of Women’s Affairsaccess
On 29 July 2022, the Australian Government, through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, distributed educational materials to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) for setting up counselling rooms in support of gender-based violence (GBV) services at 22 sites across ACCESS-targeted provinces. The sites are located as follows: nine in Siem Reap, five in Kampong Speu, five in Kampong Cham, two in Tboung Khum, and one in Rattanakiri province.
The objective of this handover was to deliver materials to MoWA for onward dissemination to sub-national level authorities for public awareness raising and promotion of women and girls’ rights. The materials are focused on improving access to quality services, as conveyed over social media, and identifying the overall availability of quality standards of the existing counselling rooms that are used to provide professional consultation with survivors of GBV.
The materials for counselling rooms included guidance on setting up and use of counselling rooms, GBV services information board, photos with key messages, information about GBV services (poster and leaflet), leaflets that provide information about the health services response to GBV, psychology education and information services, standards and guidelines on essential service packages for GBV service providers, child education materials for child-friendly responses (education materials toys), and COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Dr Chhay Ros, Senior Program Manager at the Australian Embassy in Cambodia, stated during the handover ceremony that these materials and equipment will contribute to the consideration of the needs of women survivors at the local level and are to be used to ensure their safety and promote the quality of services they receive. He encouraged having a wide range of dissemination to allow for the creation and provision of counselling rooms in other locations to meet the needs of the community.
H.E Hou Samith, Secretary of State of MoWA, expressed gratitude to the Australian Government for their support through the ACCESS Program in providing a suitable and safe environment for GBV survivors. She advised service providers to properly prepare and store materials so that they can be used effectively.