Author - Sovithiea

With support from the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, on 28 July 2020 the Ministry of Women’s Affairs organised a third quarterly meeting of the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream. The meeting was highly attended with participation from the Australian Embassy, Representatives from the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDOWA), the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and ACCESS’s Implementing Partners (IPs) such as Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC), Legal Aid of Cambodia [...]


ADD International conducted a three-day workshop on disability inclusion in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Response Services from 20 to 22 July in Phnom Penh. The workshop was attended by a diverse range of 33 participants, including representatives from Self Help Groups (SHGs), Women with Disability Federations (WWDFs), and Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO). These participants were selected from the target provinces​ (Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum, Kampong Speu) of Inclusive Disability Enhancement in ACCESS (IDEA). (more…)


On 9 July, H.E Pablo Kang, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, distributed COVID-19 protective equipment and information materials gender based-violence (GBV) response to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and the representative of Indigenous communities and vulnerable women. (more…)


It is vital that woman and girls who experience violence are able to get the help they need, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia is working with the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC) to provide high-quality legal advice, basic counselling and social support services to survivors of gender-based violence. (more…)


Cambodian Sign Language (CSL) was integrated into Government broadcasts that have kept Cambodians informed during the COVID-19 outbreak, so that people with hearing impairments could also stay up-to-date on important health and safety news. Australia’s ACCESS Program helped bring government, civil society and TV broadcasters together to make this happen. Congratulations to everyone involved, including disability and health officials for taking the initiative, the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation and the Deaf Development Programme for delivering the interpretation, and Fresh News [...]


On May 19, 2020, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, HE. Pablo Kang, distributed COVID-19 protective materials to the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), the Disability Action Council (DAC), and the Disabled People’s Organisations. The personal protective equipment was funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services program. As a result, Cambodians with disabilities were provided with an extra 52,500 surgical face masks, 3,500 bottles of hand sanitizer and 6,000 bottles of [...]


Through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) program, Australia is supporting civil society organization Light for The World (LFTW) to provide persons with disabilities access to appropriate information and guidance on COVID-19 prevention measures. This includes designing and distributing a collection of posters (such as the one below) and factsheets specifically designed for persons with disabilities. The guidance provided by LFTW is critical in helping persons with disability protect themselves against risking exposure to COVID-19.


COVID-19 is placing enormous strain on families and communities. During these unprecedented times, suitably available psychological support is needed more than ever. Through clever use of on-line communication channels, the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO) fulfils a vital community service, by providing remote access to psychological and phone counselling services to women and girls as well as online coaching to local service providers. Women and girls that are experiencing emotional distress can contact the following 3 hotline numbers: 017 222 372, [...]