Quarterly Gender-Based Violence Workstream Meeting brings Fruitful Discussion Amongst Implementing Partners and Counterparts

Quarterly Gender-Based Violence Workstream Meeting brings Fruitful Discussion Amongst Implementing Partners and Counterparts

On 27 October 2021, the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, through the support of the Australian Government, organised the eighth quarterly meeting of the gender-based violence (GBV) workstream. In addition to the usual agenda of reviewing past progress, setting priorities for the upcoming quarter and exploring possible synergies with the disability workstream, Government partners and IPs shared their plan for the upcoming 16 Days of Activism against GBV campaign in the COVID-19 context.

Ms Elizabeth Adler, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Cambodia, highlighted the support of the Australian Government to the campaign. She stated, “Ending violence against women is crucial to ensuring that all women and girls achieve their full potential,” She added: “the ACCESS Stage 1 grants brought a number of successful and satisfying results. The project completion results and overall achievements highlighted in the meeting could be lessons learnt that we could use to guide us forward.”

Her Excellency Nhean Sochetra, General Director at the Department of Social Development at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), commended the participants for the results achieved in the previous quarter and during ACCESS Stage 1. She thanked the Australian Government for the support through the ACCESS Program and for extending the Program for additional two years.

In addition to sharing results achieved, participants also shared lessons learned and plans for the upcoming quarter. Participants shared similar challenges, for example, adapting to the new mode of communications, including online platforms, in the COVID-19 context.

A MoWA representative Ms Sar Sineth, Deputy General Director at the Department of Social Development at MoWA shared the Ministry’s plan for the 16 Days of Activism against GBV campaign, which is yet to be finalised. MoWA also shared activities plan for next quarter such as  providing training on gender equality to IPs, disability stakeholders at the national level, training on disability inclusion to GBV stakeholders, and providing a Communication Inclusion Workshop for IPs working in the Disability and GBV sectors, Organisation of Disabled People and Physical Rehabilitation Centres, and to celebrate the 16 days campaign of activism to End violence against women.