Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream 4th Quarterly Meeting

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream 4th Quarterly Meeting

On 28 October 2020, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA)organised the fourth GBV workstream quarterly meeting with the support of the Government of Australia through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. Representatives from the Australian Embassy, MoWA, Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA) from three priority provinces, Ministry of Interior, and Disability Action Council (DAC) were in attendance.

The objectives of this meeting were to review progress to-date, discuss implementation challenges and solutions, and identify priorities for the next quarter based on lessons learnt – and in consideration of the current COVID-19 context. The meeting further looked at opportunities to strengthen collaboration between implementing partners (IPs) in the GBV Workstream and explore possible synergies with the disability workstream.

Each IP, including The Asia Foundation (TAF), Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre (CWCCC), CARE, Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), Transcultural Psychological Organisation (TPO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), ADD International, and UN Women, discussed and presented their project’s progress in supporting GBV response teams; in providing legal services to GBV survivors in the areas of law, health, and social services; and in establishing response services for the prevention of GBV in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants also expressed project challenges faced due to the pandemic and the recent flood situation in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Representatives from the UNFPA were pleased to share lessons learnt during this period and recommended gaining commitment from PDoWA focal points at the sub-national level in each province to ensure the continuity of activity implementation during this critical time.

The Government of Australia is supporting initiatives through the ACCESS Program, in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and IPs, to enhance the rights of women and eliminate GBV, specifically in the context of COVID-19.