Regional Training on Essential Service Packages for GBV Service Providers Completed by Provincial Women’s Affairs Officers

Regional Training on Essential Service Packages for GBV Service Providers Completed by Provincial Women’s Affairs Officers

On 29 July 2022, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), in collaboration with The Asia Foundation, Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), and Women Peace Makers, organised a closing ceremony to mark the completion of a series of regional training on ‘Essential Service Packages for Service Providers that Support Women Experiencing Gender-Based Violence’. With support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the training was provided to representatives from nine Provincial Departments of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA).

The training series covered five essential service packages including Minimum Standards for Basic Counselling of Women and Girl Survivors of GBV (training held on 29-30 November 2021), Referral Guidelines for Women and Girl Survivors of GBV (training held on 31 March -1 April 2022), National Guidelines for Managing Violence Against Women and Children in the Health System (training held on 31 March -1 April 2022), Guidelines for Legal Protection of Women’s and Children’s Rights in Cambodia (training held on 27-28 April 2022), and Guidelines on the Limited Use of Mediation as a Response to Violence Against Women (training held on 28-29 July 2022).

H.E Hou Samith, Secretary of State of MoWA, stated at the closing ceremony that the Royal Government of Cambodia through MoWA is focused on developing the capacity of service providers to respond to the needs of survivors, especially due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that interventions are in place to support survivors to access justice. She added that, despite the completion of this series of training, MoWA will continue to strengthen service providers’ capacity to respond to the needs of survivors effectively and in a timely manner.

H.E Hou Samith appreciated the participation of judicial police officers and judicial police agents from nine provinces who gained knowledge to support GBV survivors and were equipped to share this knowledge with GBV working group members in their respective provinces and districts.

Dr Chhay Ros, Senior Program Manager at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, stated in his address that the GBV Essential Service Package presented at the training, constituted a vital and practical tool for all service providers to implement while working with GBV survivors, thereby ensuring that the highest quality of service was provided. He further said, “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Her Excellency Hou Samith, Her Excellency Nhean Socheatra, and the MoWA core trainer team, for organising such a great and successful training session.”

One of the participants expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to attend this series of training. She mentioned that she gained knowledge and learned from the experience of other participants and trainers. “On behalf of participants, I would like to thank MoWA and other trainers for providing this training and ACCESS for supporting it. I will share the knowledge I have gained with other members of my community and apply it in my role to support survivors in a timely manner,” she added.

To conclude the training, participants and trainers received certificates from representatives of MoWA, DFAT, and ACCESS.