The representative of the Australian Embassy to Cambodia provided opening remarks on the occasion of the Provincial Learning and Exchange Meeting

The representative of the Australian Embassy to Cambodia provided opening remarks on the occasion of the Provincial Learning and Exchange Meeting

Through the support of the DFAT-funded Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, ADD International, one of ACCESS’ Implementing Partners, organised two Provincial Learning and Exchange Meetings on the “Importance and Relevance of Disability Inclusiveness within Response Services to Address Gender-Based Violence”. One was in Kampong Cham on April 29, 2021, and the other was in Tboung Khmum on May 3, 2021.

The objectives of the meetings were to exchange ideas and address issues on Disability Inclusion (DI) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Participants shared best practices, discussed the intersectionality of DI and GBV, presented the action plan for the second National Disability Strategic, a monitoring and evaluation framework, and the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women.

Ms. Elizabeth Adler, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Australia to Cambodia, provided opening remarks at the event along with the representative from the Disability Action Council (DAC). She stated: “The Government of Australia remains committed to supporting our long-standing partners and to promoting resilience of the people of Cambodia. The valuable inputs and ideas gathered during this meeting will allow  the collection and dissemination of best practices that can be replicated, scaled up and even become policy recommendations.”

Representatives of the DAC Secretariat-General (DAC-SG), the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Provincial Department of Women Affairs, the Provincial Governors, and ACCESS Implementing Partners also attended and shared inputs during the meeting.

Her Excellency Prak Thavek Pheary, Deputy Secretary-General of DAC, appreciated the support of the Australian Government through the ACCESS Program with regards to persons with disabilities. In her opening remarks, she highlighted the vital role of the ACCESS Program in supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia to achieve the goals and objectives of sustainable development, especially the expected outcomes of the National Disability Strategic Plan (2019-2023) and the National Action Plan on the Prevention of Violence Against Women (2019-2023).

Finally, Ms. Anne Rouve Khiev, Team Leader of the ACCESS Program, stated in the meeting in Tboung Khumum that ACCESS is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and Implementing Partners on DI and GBV. She highlighted that the meeting presented a strong opportunity for the two sectors to come together, learn and share positive experiences, and identify viable strategies to solve problems and obstacles in relation to the promotion of DI across GBV response services.