National Inclusive Employment Forum: A Collective Effort to Boost Employment for Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia

National Inclusive Employment Forum: A Collective Effort to Boost Employment for Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia

On 24 December 2021, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and Light For the World co-organised the National Inclusive Employment Forum for 2021, with the support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.

The Forum aimed to provide an inclusive platform for employers and persons with disabilities to connect, share, and learn from the experiences toward inclusive employment process. This event allowed employers to share their expectations and experiences in recruiting persons with disabilities.

Ms Meng Sina, sitting in her wheelchairs; expressed that “I am delighted to attend this national event. This forum is a great opportunity for persons with disabilities to network professionally. It may lead to job opportunities. “I would like to thank the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Australian Government for always prioritizing the support of disability sector,” said Sina.

Mr Andreas Zurbrugg, Chargé D’Affaires at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia and H.E Hach Hean, Under-Secretary of State at MoSVY, presided over the event.

Mr Zurbrugg acknowledged that the Government of Australia has partnered for more than a decade with the Royal Government of Cambodia in order to enhance the rights of persons with disabilities. “Disability inclusion is central to all areas of our international development agenda,” said Mr Zurbrugg. He continued that “The forum today is a great opportunity to share information on existing resources and initiatives towards inclusive talent and culture operation of an organisation. This event is also intended to be a networking opportunity for many talents with disabilities and employers.”

H.E Hach Hean mentioned that the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has prioritized disability sector as one among other top priority sectors. RGC also appealed to ministries, institutions, and authorities at all levels to pay more attention to supporting persons with disabilities to acquire skills, jobs, and proper careers, which lead to poverty reduction and improve their quality of life. He expressed gratefulness to the Australian Government through the ACCESS Program and other partners who support disability sector in Cambodia.

The ACCESS Program is a five-year (2018-2023) initiative undertaken with the financial support of the government of Australia. ACCESS is strengthening the capacity of RGC, civil society and private sector service providers to sustainably improve services for persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV.