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On the 15 and 16 December 2022, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) and the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program co-organised an orientation workshop on mechanisms and tools for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW). The workshop was delivered, with participation of 28 officials from MoWA, eight Provincial Departments of Women’s Affairs (PDoWAs), and relevant ministries (the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health, [...]

Physical rehabilitation centres (PRCs) play a crucial role in providing physical rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities, including children. Through the ACCESS Program, Australia supports six of Cambodia’s 11 PRCs, located in Siem Reap, Kien Khleang (in Phnom Penh), Prey Veng, Kratie, Takeo, and Kampong Cham. Recently, Ambassador Kang opened the Siem Reap PRC. The Siem Reap PRC was closed in December 2020 to make room in the provincial hospital grounds for the COVID-19 response. Australia is proud to have assisted [...]

In this first episode of the “Cowater Corner” podcast series, we explore the efforts of our Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded ACCESS #Cambodia project in tackling gender-based violence (GBV) in the context of the 16 days of activism against #GBV campaign. #16days #16daysofactivism #GBV Listen to the podcast on Facebook by click the link

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To mark this day, the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program is launching a storybook to showcase 15 success stories of persons with disabilities supported by the program. The book features seven stories of women with disabilities—showcasing their achievements in their communities and highlighting their resilience to overcome many barriers including discrimination. Tann Soren’s story is one of those highlighted. She lives in Siem Reap province and graduated with a [...]

OUR VOICES - 2 December 2022

Ms Chay Sokha: Agricultural Producer and Retailer in Siem Reap  Ms Chheun Srey Pich: And Advocate for the Rights of Women with Disabilities3. Mr Ven Ratana: Producer of Local Dish Washing Liquid4. Ms Chin Peov: Leader of Women with Disabilities Support Group and Co-Owner of a Bakery in Kampong Speu 5. Ms Yoeun Keo: A Livestock Farmer 6. Mr Chheun Chhorvin: A Champion Who Works to Improve the Lives of Persons with Disabilities 7. Mr Orn Chan Thorn: An OPD Leader Who Works [...]

On 2 November 2022, the Australian Government, through the Australia – Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, handed over 60 wheelchairs to clients of six Physical Rehabilitation Centres (PRCs). The handover ceremony was conducted at Kien Khleang National PRC in Phnom Penh, one of the six PRCs receiving support from the Australian Government. The handover ceremony aimed to bridge the gap in wheelchair provision to clients with the greatest need at the six ACCESS-targeted PRCs and to raise [...]

On 15 September 2022, the Disability Action Council-Secretariat General (DAC-SG), Provincial Disability Action Councils (Pro-DAC) of Battambang, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organised the third quarterly meeting of Pro-DACs to discuss the achievements of the year 2022 and determine future directions in disability inclusion in the Battambang province through the support of the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. The meeting aimed to discuss the Pro-DAC’s accomplishments from January to August 2022, review and finalise the [...]

We recently visited Prey Veng, Tboung Khmum, and Kampong Cham provinces with government agencies and development partners including the MoSVY Cambodia, UNICEF Cambodia and UNDP Cambodia to observe the progress of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and their collaboration with local authorities toward the promotion of inclusive social protection at the sub-national level. We also visited a physical rehabilitation centre in Kampong Cham to learn about the progress on the various services being provided at the centre. is proud [...]

On 29 July 2022, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), in collaboration with The Asia Foundation, Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), and Women Peace Makers, organised a closing ceremony to mark the completion of a series of regional training on ‘Essential Service Packages for Service Providers that Support Women Experiencing Gender-Based Violence’. With support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the training was provided to representatives from nine Provincial Departments of [...]