Meeting with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs on the ACCESS Year 4 Workplanaccess
On 26 August 2021, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) chaired a meeting to review and finalise the Year 4 workplan on Gender-Based Violence interventions in coordination with the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.
The objective of the meeting was to review, discuss and finalise the MoWA workplan and particularly identify areas of support required from ACCESS to contribute to the implementation of the third National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW III) 2019-2023.
The meeting was hosted by H.E Nhean Sochetra, General Director of the Department of Social Development at MoWA. Joining her was her technical team from the General Directorate of Social Development Department and the Legal Protection Department who also contributed to the discussion.
The GBV Lead from the ACCESS Program, Ms Bou Makara, presented the key achievements of MoWA through the support of ACCESS in Year 3 (July 2020-June 2021), highlighting the contributions to the NAPVAW III, including challenges and lessons learnt from the previous year.
Ms Sar Sineth, Deputy Director of the Department of Social Development at MoWA presented the proposed Annual Workplan for Year 4 (July 2021 – June 2022). H.E Sochetra opened the discussion and the participants unanimously agreed that MoWA would be interested in:
- Continuing to build the capacity of young officials at MoWA from the legal protection department on the Cambodian laws on GBV;
- Reviewing and consulting on adapting plans/activities in response to COVID-19’s impact on GBV service provision. Particularly, MoWA will review policies, guidelines, restrictions, etc. to ensure all guidelines are gender-responsive;
- Engaging with the Ministry of Health GBV prevention in health services on GBV prevention and response in health services during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Disseminating the NAPVAW III plan to the sub-national level and conducting a six-month review between MoWA Judicial Police Agent/Judicial Police Officers (JPA/JPOs) and lawyers of The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC). These activities will facilitate by Cambodian National Council for Women (CNCW) to ensure that GBV service provision is accessible by GBV survivors.
As a result of the agreement on these actions for Year 4, the proposed Workplan was approved.
H.E Nhean Sochetra expressed her appreciation of the support from the Australian Government as well as the technical support that the ACCESS team provides to MoWA, including support to survivors of GBV in Cambodia during the pandemic.
The ACCESS Program is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) to support the implementation of the NAPVAW and the National Disability Strategic Plan (NDSP). ACCESS is strengthening the capacity of the RGC, civil society and private sector service providers to sustainably improve services for persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV.