Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream –Quarterly meetingaccess
The ACCESS Program organizes quarterly meetings of the Gender-Based Violence Workstream, chaired by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA). The most recent meeting was held on 28 January 2021 and included representatives from MoWA, Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs from three priority provinces, Disability Action Council (DAC), Ministry of Interior (MoI), Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), ACCESS Implementing Partners (including TPO, CWCC, LAC, UN Women, UNFPA, CARE, TAF, and ADD International). Ms. Elizabeth Adler, Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Cambodia, was also in attendance.
The objectives of the meeting were to review the progress of activities under the GBV workstream, discuss challenges in implementation and provide solutions. Another purpose of the meeting was to identify the priorities for the next quarter based on lessons leant, strengthen collaboration between GBV workstream implementing partners and explore possible synergies with the Disability Workstream.
Her Excellency Nhean Sochetra, Director of Gender Equality in the Social Development Department at MoWA, highlighted the provision of sustainable services in response to GBV and promoting rights for persons with disabilities as a primary focus of the ACCESS Program. She expressed her appreciation for the financial and technical support of the Australian Government through the ACCESS Program and lauded the achievements of each partner working in the GBV and disability sectors.
Ms. Adler stated in the meeting, “We are happy to see that activities could resume and that our partners can again reach out to communities and conduct capacity building activities. We are satisfied with what we have achieved so far. Our achievements could not have been possible without your efforts and contribution. Thanks to both government partners at the national and sub-national level and to our implementing partners.”
The quarterly GBV Workstream meetings are a great way for government and implementing partners to collaborate, review the progress made to-date and set targets for the future.