Quarterly Meeting of the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program’s Gender-Based Violence Workstream

Quarterly Meeting of the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program’s Gender-Based Violence Workstream

On the 28th of April, 2021, the 6th Quarterly Meeting of the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Workstream was held and chaired by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), as part of the DFAT-funded ACCESS Program.

The objectives of the meeting were to review the progress of activity implementation to date and discuss the challenges and potential solutions, as well as identify priorities for the coming quarter and strengthen the collaboration between the Implementing Partners (IPs) of the GBV Workstream with the Disability Workstream through the exploration of potential synergies.

Participants of the meeting included representatives from the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs from the three priority provinces, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Disability Action Council, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, and ACCESS IPs in GBV workstream. Mr. Ros Chhay, a representative from the Australian Embassy to Cambodia was also in attendance.

During the discussion, most IPs unanimously agreed that the COVID-19 outbreak has been a major challenge that has caused delays in some activities such as trainings, meetings with sub-national departments, and dissemination of GBV information at the community level.

Mrs. Anne Rouve-Khiev, Team Leader of ACCESS, announced the two-year extension of the Program through additional funding from the Australian Government and also highlighted general updates related to Program Governance and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.

Her Excellency Nhean Socheatra, General Director of the Social Development Department, MoWA, appreciated the involvement and strong commitment of the ACCESS IPs to successfully implement activities during the pandemic. In addressing some of these challenges, she encouraged the participants to continue to pivot activities and explore creative solutions for the activity implementation in the subsequent quarter, and stated, “We will find the way forward together”. She also appreciated DFAT’s support provided through the ACCESS Program, especially the extension and the additional funding for continual support for women affected by GBV.