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ACCESS is proud to announce the establishment of thirteen partnerships with UN, civil society and private sector organisations to work on improving the lives of persons with disabilities and women affected by gender-based violence. Partners were selected through a competitive selection process overseen by the ACCESS Competitive Investment Mechanism Panel. Of the thirteen partners selected, seven partners will collaborate with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to ensure that women affected by gender-based violence can access quality services to fulfil their [...]

To mark National and International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are proud to share the story of Ms. Nguon Sophak Kanika. Despite the many challenges of being a woman and a person with disability, Kanika holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is currently a lecturer at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Access to education has not always been easy for her, “my classmates looked at me as a stranger because of my disability”. However, her [...]

One in five Cambodian women aged 15-64 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Women with disabilities experience much higher levels of all forms of violence. The Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) is supporting role models like Ngin Sarin, Judicial Police Officer from the Siem Reap Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs, who are dedicating their lives to supporting access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence. “I am really happy to support [...]

Monday 25 November 2019 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks day one of the 16 Days of Activism. Each year, from 25 November to 10 December, World Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism campaign calls for action against one of the world’s most persistent violations of human rights – violence against women. During the 16 Days of Activism, people around the world will unite to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge [...]

The Australian Embassy, in collaboration with the Cambodian Government Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Interior and the Disability Action Council, recently conducted a series of sub-national workshops to engage key government and non-government stakeholders from three priority provinces (Siem Reap, Kampong Cham and Kampong Speu) to discuss the implementation and coordination of the Australia – Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS). Facilitating collaboration [...]

Deputy Ambassador, Luke Arnold, attended the launch of the Physical Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia. These standards, developed by the Ministry for Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MoLMUPC), and the Disability Action Council (DAC), provide technical guidance for builders, architects and designers to help them design and build a barrier- free environment for persons with disabilities. Our support for this event, including through our Australia-Cambodia [...]

Recently, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), with the support of the ACCESS Program, conducted a consultative workshop with women with disabilities (WWD) on NAPVAW III. This was the first intensive and participatory gathering to provide opportunities for WWD to engage in the discussion on the draft NAPVAW III. A guiding purpose of the workshop was to assess whether NAPVAW III fulfills the gaps and responds to the needs and issues of WWD affected by GBV.

Phnom Penh July 17, 2019: As the final step of making joint plans of activities to support achievement of the National Action Plan to prevent Violence Against Women 2019-2023 and the National Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2023, ACCESS supported the conduct of one and half day workshop on July 16-17 2019 at Phnom Penh Hotel to provide opportunities for partners to ensure the joint plans in the two sectors are comprehensive, feasible and well-coordinated and to foster cross-sectoral collaboration and [...]

Recently, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), in collaboration with ACCESS program, hosted a Training of Trainers (TOT) on Minimum Standards of Basic Counseling (MSBC) for Women and Girl Survivors of Gender-Based Violence for MoWA officials. The purpose of this 3-day intensive and participatory training was to provide orientation to the master trainers on the MSBC Training Manual and to strengthen their capacity to deliver training to relevant stakeholders.

Phnom Penh, on 21st June 2019: The Disability Action Council (DAC) in collaboration the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the ACCESS program organised a Consultative Workshop on Integration of National Disability Strategic Plan (NDSP) Priorities into Annual Program Budget of Designated Ministries and Sub-National Administrations. The workshop brought together 45 attendants from DAC, Disability Action Working Groups (DAWG) of relevant line Ministries, the National Committee for sub-national Democratic Development (NCDD), Ministry of Interior, Provincial DAC and provincial [...]