Learning and Exchange Meeting on the Importance and Relevance of Disability Inclusiveness within Response Services to Address Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Learning and Exchange Meeting on the Importance and Relevance of Disability Inclusiveness within Response Services to Address Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

On the 14th and 15th of January 2021, with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, ADD International Cambodia, organised the first Learning and Exchange Meeting on the Importance and Relevance of Disability Inclusiveness within Response Services to Address Gender-Based Violence (GBV). ADD International organised this meeting in Kampong Speu Province in partnership with the Disability Action Council and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA).

Mrs. Anne Rouve-Khiev, the ACCESS Team Leader, said in her welcome remarks: “Learning from and sharing experience with each other can open doors to mutual understanding. We are very proud to support this constructive and positive dialogue between service providers and service recipients, including women with disabilities”.

Her Excellency Prak Thaveak Pheary, Deputy Secretary General, Disability Action Council (DAC) also stated that most women and girls with disabilities suffer from violence and face discrimination to this day. The intersectionality between GBV and disability is a key consideration for the provision of services to vulnerable groups. Therefore, improving inclusion for persons with disabilities along with responses to GBV is very important.  Women and girls with disabilities need to seek and receive services in a timely and effective manner.

Mrs. Nop Rany, a Volunteer Group Leader in the community of Kampong Speu, expressed that the meeting was beneficial for her and she intends to share the knowledge she gained on how to support survivors of GBV with her community.

The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, is working to support persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV.  ADD International is one of the 14 Implementing Partners funded by the Government of Australia through the ACCESS Program and work specifically on the intersectionality of GBV and disability.