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To commemorate the 24th National Day of Persons with Disabilities, the 40th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and to raise public awareness of the valuable contributions of persons with disabilities towards achievement of justice and equity within our society, the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program produced this booklet of 15 champions with disabilities about their impact stories, in collaboration with the Disability Action Council, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and [...]


The ACCESS program supported by Australia provides opportunities for victims of gender-based violence to improve their livelihoods and achieve greater economic independence through vocational training. “I want to see gender-based violence survivors forget all of their sadness and feel empowered through the vocational training skills that I provide.” Ms Soub Habsros, a Vocational Trainer, provides training to survivors at the Safe Shelter of the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center in Phnom Penh. Survivors learn to sew souvenir bags, make coffee, and bake [...]


Since 2013, Australia has contributed $15 million to implement the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women. We work closely with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs to improve support and services for victims of gender-based violence through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program. A survivor of domestic violence in Siem Reap said “I am very happy that my case was resolved. I would like to encourage female survivors in my community to not [...]


Each year, the world celebrates 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December to end Violence Against Women and Girls. The Australian Government upholds gender equality and the elimination of violence against women at the core of its development agenda in Australia and through its overseas diplomatic work. Through our Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program, Australia has supported more than 2,600 survivors of Gender-Based Violence through the provision of counselling, legal, social and [...]


This year’s theme is “UNITE! ACTIVISM TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS!” The Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program staff joined together in support of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender-Based Violence aimed to raise awareness, challenge discriminatory attitudes, and call for an end to violence against women in Cambodia and all over the world. The 16 Days campaign runs every year from 25 November to 10 December. The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program and [...]


On 4 November 2022, with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, 18 participants from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) and Women Development Centres (WDC) from Kampong Speu and Siem Reap provinces successfully completed the training of trainers, titled: “Economic Empowerment of Women Who are Vulnerable to Gender-Based Violence (GBV).” This training aimed to further increase the capacity of WDC staff by equipping them with skills to provide consequential training to [...]


On 2 November 2022, the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program organised the 9th meeting of the Competitive Investment Mechanism Panel (CIMP), which was attended by members, including representatives from the Department of Social Development of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), the Department of Welfare for Persons with Disabilities of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), the Disability Action Council Secretariat General (DAC-SG), the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and an independent [...]


On 31 October 2022, the 12th Quarterly Meeting of the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream was held with support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. The objectives of this meeting, as chaired by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), were to review key achievements and major challenges, share best practices, including success stories, and determine and agree on a key suite of priorities for the next quarter. The meeting was attended by representatives from [...]


On 28 October 2022, as supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the Disability Action Council Secretariate General (DAC-SG) and in collaboration with Humanity & Inclusion (HI) organization in Cambodia, co-organised a Physical Accessibility Design Challenge Event for Persons with Disabilities. At this event, engineering and architecture students presented their creative ideas that best addressed the Physical Accessibility Design Challenge criteria under the design challenge. The event helped raise positive awareness messages amongst [...]


On 27-28 October 2022, the Australian Government, through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), organised a workshop on the pilot implementation of the monitoring checklists of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Services. The event was attended by Juridical Police Officers and Juridical Police Agents from eight Provincial Departments of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA) as well as the ACCESS Implementing Partners working in the GBV sector. Four monitoring checklists on GBV services [...]