Author - Sovithiea

Today is #IDEVAW and also marks the first day of the #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Over the next 16 days we will post daily on the Australian Embassy Facebook page and Twitter account, in support of gender equality and advocating an end to violence against women. #EndingViolenceAgainstWomen is a priority for Australia domestically and in our international efforts.


On 19 November 2020, the Australian Deputy Ambassador to Cambodia, Mr. Luke Arnold, through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, distributed flood relief items to four Cambodian Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and directly to around 600 persons with disabilities that were recently affected by the devastating floods that swept across the Battambang province. These items included 6,000 kg of rice, 6,000 cans of fish, 2,400 bars of soap and 600 mosquito nets. This follows the distribution [...]


Last month Deputy Ambassador, Luke Arnold, co-chaired the 4th ACCESS Steering Committee meeting with His Excellency Em Chan Makara, Secretary of State, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), and Secretary General, Disability Action Council Secretariat General. (more…)


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. (more…)


The continuity of prevention and response services to women affected by Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is imperative in the COVID-19 context. On 28 October 2020, representatives from the Australian Embassy to Cambodia distributed COVID-19 protective equipment and GBV response information materials to implementing partners and vulnerable women. (more…)


Not giving up - 28 October 2020

The Australian Government is supporting Cambodia’s Persons with Disabilities Foundation and Disabled People’s Organisations to ensure that people with disabilities can access the services they need. As Ms. Eng Mala from Kratie Province, told Ambassador Kang, “even though one may have a disability, one can still do the same work as others. Do not give up.” (more…)


Mr. Chheang Sengley was born with a congenital hand amputation to a farming family in Kratie. After graduating high school in 1999, he was discriminated against for his disability and prevented from sitting his pedagogy examination. Mr. Sengley recalls, “I was disappointed that society did not value me, especially as I had studied hard to achieve my dream of becoming a teacher”. Deciding to study English Literature instead, Sengley attended a private school in Kampong Cham province, through which he [...]


The Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program supported ADD International in Cambodia organizing a project kick-off workshop and a roundtable discussion on the importance and relevance of disability inclusion within response services to address gender-based violence (GBV). ADD international, which focuses on strengthening women-led Disabled People’s Organisations and disabled women’s networks to lead primary prevention interventions targeting women and girls with disabilities, including the most vulnerable, is one of 14 organisations engaged through a grants process to [...]


On October 20th, 2020, His Excellency Pablo Kang, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, was pleased to open a workshop on the ‘Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Protection of Victims’, organized by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs with supported from the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. The purpose of the workshop to mainstream and enhance the understanding of the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims. (more…)