Supporting efforts to prevent gender based violence

Supporting efforts to prevent gender based violence

Globally, one in three women experience either physical or sexual abuse, often perpetrated by someone they know. In Cambodia, one in five women have reported experiencing intimate partner violence.

On February 26, the Embassy was proud to join the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and a group of high-level officials from six provinces who came together in Phnom Penh for training on Minimum Standards for Basic Counseling for Women and Girls Survivors of Gender Based Violence. Participants left with practical tools on how to implement the guidelines, a network of colleagues across the country, and resources to help them pass on what they have learned.

HE. Nhean Sochetra, Director of Directorate General of Social Development Department of MoWA, HE. Hou Samith, Secretary of State of MoWA, Mrs. Anne Rouve-Khiev, Team Leader of ACCESS Program (from left to right). ©ACCESS/Sophon

The training, supported through Australia’s ACCESS program in partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, is one crucial step towards making sure quality services are reaching those in the community who need them most.