The 10th Quarterly GBV Workstream Meeting: challenges, key achievements, and best practices in supporting survivors affected by the gender-based violence.

The 10th Quarterly GBV Workstream Meeting: challenges, key achievements, and best practices in supporting survivors affected by the gender-based violence.

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) hosted the 10th Quarterly GBV Workstream Meeting on 29 April, 2022. This meeting, funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.

The meeting aimed to review the main achievements, major challenges and best practices from the various interventions made during the past few months. The content of the discussion included success stories the communities and discussed the next quarter’s top priorities.

H.E Nhean Sochetra, the General Director at the Social Development Department of MoWA, chaired the meeting. The participants included the representatives from relevant ministries and local authorities such as the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Disability Action Council, Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA).

ACCESS’s Implement Partners (IPs) that attended this meeting comprised of UNWomen, ADD International, The Asia Foundation, CARE, Legal Aids of Cambodia, Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre and the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation. Mr Connor Floyd, the Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Cambodia was present at the meeting.

The participants presented their challenges and achievements, main upcoming priorities and lessons learnt. The Pre-assessment of Counseling Rooms responding to the COVID-19 context was one of the priorities discussed at this meeting, which proved to be a practical initiative that has been positively benefiting the survivors.

Mr Floyd shared an update on the upcoming review, evaluation and design for the next ACCESS program post September 2023.  He also commented on and proposed various solutions responding to the challenges raised by the participants.

H.E Nhean Sochetra concluded the meeting by sharing  MoWA’s next steps, including the study tours for the GBV response working group in the targeted provinces, a pilot program on the Women Economic Empowerment launching, the National Consultation Workshops, the Annual Evaluation for GBV Response Working Groups, and the pilot counseling room establishment for GBV survivors responding to the COVID-19 context. She thanked the participants who actively discussed and shared their lessons learnt and their suggestions and ideas during this meeting.

“Despite some challenges we faced in the previous quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have nevertheless achieved quite a lot by way of supporting our community, while still maintaining safety standards of our service providers.”

The ACCESS Program is working in partnership with the MoWA and IPs to the contribution of the implementation of the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women. ACCESS’ goal is to improve access to quality, inclusive and sustainable services for the persons with disabilities and women affected by the GBV.