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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 [...]


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…)


Under the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, which seeks to improve the sustainability, quality, and inclusiveness of services for persons with disabilities and women affected by gender-based violence (GBV), the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) organised a capacity development workshop for young Judicial Police Officers to more effectively address the needs of GBV survivors. (more…)


Last week Embassy staff visited a Physical Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) in Phnom Penh to handover COVID-19 protective material to the Centre and meet with some of their clients. (more…)


On August 27 and 28, in collaboration with the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs organised a training on “Referral Guidelines for Women and Girl Survivors of Gender-Based Violence”. The objective of the training was to increase participants’ skills in providing survivor-centred case management and referrals based on the requisite guidelines, and to further learn about case registration, referral forms and data collection. (more…)


On August 27, 2020, as part of the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO) organised a national discussion focusing on disability inclusion within social protection interventions. Participants included the Department of Welfare for Persons with Disabilities (DWPD), the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), the Department of Social Welfare, the Identification of Poor Households Program (IDPoor) of the Ministry of Planning (MoP), CDPO and Disabled People’s Organization (DPOs), as [...]


On 26 August 2020, the six-monthly program reflection workshop was organised by the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program with participants from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), Disability Action Council (DAC), Persons with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF), and the ACCESS Implementing Partners (IP). (more…)


From 3 to 14 August 2020, a series of events were held that were each organized by the respective Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDOWA) in coordination with the District Administration. Protective materials were distributed to service providers (district and commune level) and vulnerable women in 21 targeted districts of six provinces including Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Kampong Speu, Tboung Khum, Rattanakiri, and Preah Sihanouk. (more…)


On August 7, 2020, First Secretary of Australian Embassy to Cambodia, Ms Sarah Leary, distributed COVID-19 protective materials to the service providers of the Physical Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) and beneficiaries in Siem Reap province, one of five PRCs under support from Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. (more…)