Distribution of Protective Equipment and Information Material on COVID-19 to the Cambodian Government by the Australian Ambassador to CambodiaSovithiea
On 9 July, H.E Pablo Kang, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, distributed COVID-19 protective equipment and information materials gender based-violence (GBV) response to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and the representative of Indigenous communities and vulnerable women.
The personal protective equipment was funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Service (ACCESS) program. As a result of the distribution, vulnerable Cambodian women now have to access to an additional 45,000 surgical face masks, 4,800 bottles of hand sanitizers, and 38,800 soaps to protect against the COVID-19 infection.
H.E. Pablo Kang, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia stated “through ACCESS, Australia is putting persons with disabilities and women affected by violence at the centre of our COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. On behalf of the Government of Australia, I would like to congratulate the Ministry of Women’s Affairs for its commitment and actions to enhance the rights of women, and to eliminate gender-based violence at all time.”
H.E. Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs expressed her appreciation to H.E. Pablo Kang, Australian Aid, and the Government of Australia for its partnership and support in the provision of protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women may also find themselves isolated from the people and resources that can help them. Among them, women with disabilities and women from indigenous communities may face even greater barriers to access the support they need.
In addition, ACCESS partnered with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and various implementing partners to provide access to information on services in response to GBV and relevant prevention messages via radio programs, information materials, and comprehensive capacity development to local service providers to ACCESS target geographic areas in eights provinces. The program seeks to ensure that women and girls at the risk of violence have access to relevant information and services.
Through the ACCESS program, the Australian Government is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), United Nations and civil society organisations to improve the sustainability, quality and inclusiveness of service in Cambodia for persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV. The program will continue to help ensure that basic services remain available for vulnerable groups during this pandemic.