Provincial Gender-Based Violence Response Working Group receives Disability Inclusion Training

Provincial Gender-Based Violence Response Working Group receives Disability Inclusion Training

With support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program,​ ADD International organised a virtual training on Disability Inclusion (DI)​ for all members of the Gender-Based Violence Provincial Response Working Group (GBV-PRWG)​. The training took place over a day and a half and was aimed at building basic awareness on disability inclusion among relevant GBV stakeholders and service providers.

ADD International is one of ACCESS’ Implementing Partners (IPs) who contribute to the implementation of the National Disability Strategic Plan (NDSP) 2019-2023 and the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW).

The training is part of a training series on disability inclusion by ADD International, that started in mid-August 2021, and will end in October 2021. To date, 123 participants (83 of which were women), who are members of the GBV-PRWG of Kampong Speu, Kampong Cham, and Tboung Khum province have attended the training. The GBV-PRWG members of the other three provinces, including Siem Reap, Ratanakiri, and Preah Sihanouk provinces will receive the training in the coming weeks.

H.E Pang Dany, Kampong Cham Deputy Provincial Governor, was in attendance and provided opening remarks for both sessions in Kampong Cham. In her address, she noted that persons with disabilities are also a vulnerable group at risk of experiencing GBV and acknowledged that this training made her more aware of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities in general. She hoped that after the training, the GBV-PRWG, whose duties are mainly to provide GBV related services, will be equipped with new knowledge to provide more effective services for survivors of GBV, including persons with disabilities. She thanked the ACCESS IPs and the Program for their technical and financial support in providing inclusive services to persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV.

Ms Anne Rouve-Khiev, ACCESS Team Leader provided welcome remarks at the training session with the GBV-PRWG of Tboung Khmum. She expressed her gratitude towards the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and provincial authorities for their support and coordination, and ADD International for their technical support for the training. She highlighted the ACCESS Program’s achievements of the first three years in advancing the rights of women and persons with disabilities in Cambodia. She acknowledged that the establishment of a multisectoral response working group to address the needs of GBV survivors was an impressive step forward.

The ACCESS Program is a five-year (2018-2023) initiative undertaken with the financial support from the Government of Australia provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Over the last three years, Australia has committed AUD 15 million through the ACCESS Program to improve the sustainability, quality and inclusiveness of services for persons with disabilities and women affected by gender-based violence (GBV). Recently, the Government of Australia has committed an additional AUD 10 million through the ACCESS Program for another two years to make it a five-year Program. ACCESS’ Program logic has been updated to reflect the contribution of the Program to the Cambodian Government’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, including its priorities on social protection.