The ACCESS Program Conducts Gender Equality Awareness to Persons with Hearing Impairment

The ACCESS Program Conducts Gender Equality Awareness to Persons with Hearing Impairment

The Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre (CWCC) organised a two-day training on gender equality for persons with hearing impairment. CWCC conducted the training on 18th -19th August 2021, with support from the Australian Government through Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.

The training aimed to raise awareness on gender equality among relevant disability stakeholders, including understanding the connection between gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) and learning how to provide and receive inclusive services.

Twenty-two participants (including 12 women) were in attendance, including people with hearing impairments from the Deaf Development Program (DDP). Participants from DDP shared their views on the training, and one of them expressed that not only did he get the opportunity to meet new people through the training but also learned the concepts of gender equality and the significance of treating everyone equally, irrespective of their abilities.

During the training, participants discussed the impact of the GBV, associated abuses, and discrimination on persons with disabilities, all leading towards low levels of opportunity to actively engage in society and development.

Ms Pok Panhavichetr, Executive Director of CWCC, expressed the importance of raising awareness of people with hearing impairments on gender equality as an integral step towards their self-improvement and advancement of society. She thanked the partners for their support in this process. She emphasized and appreciated the technical support of the sign language interpreters who helped make the training a success, by bridging communication between the facilitators and participants. She welcomed the support of the Australian Government in organizing the training through the ACCESS Program.

The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and Implementing Partners to support sustainable and quality services to persons with disabilities and women affected by GBV. CWCC is one of the 14 ACCESS IPs that are working to promote gender equality and combating GBV.