Training on Referral Guidelines for Women and Girl Survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)Sovithiea
On August 27 and 28, in collaboration with the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs organised a training on “Referral Guidelines for Women and Girl Survivors of Gender-Based Violence”. The objective of the training was to increase participants’ skills in providing survivor-centred case management and referrals based on the requisite guidelines, and to further learn about case registration, referral forms and data collection.
Participants included Judicial Police Agents and Officials of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs from both national and provincial levels. The following eight provinces were represented at the training: Siem Reap, Kampong Speu, Kampong Cham, Preah Sihanouk, Tboung Khmum, Ratanakiri, Preah Vihear, and Stueng Treng.
Ms. Elizabeth Adler, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Cambodia, stated that the training was one of the examples of the Program’s implementation towards improving the quality of services for GBV survivors. These Referral and Case Management Guidelines are a key achievement of the Cambodia-Australia Governments’ partnership towards Ending Violence Against Women 2014-2017.
She added, “To ensure the adoption and utilization of these guidelines, we need to continue investing in the capacity development of all the service providers. This is because the referral guidelines are one of the most important tools to introduce multiple avenues and options for survivors of GBV to access quality services.”
Her Excellency Nhean Sochetra, General Director of Social Development Department at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, emphasized that service providers needed to follow six significant principles which included respect for human rights, ensuring safety of GBV survivors, ensuring the privacy and confidentiality, displaying non-blaming and non- judgmental attitude, empowering women, and preventing discrimination.
Mrs. Soam Sophany, Chief of Legal Protection Office of Department of Women’s Affairs in Preah Sihanouk Province, expressed that through this training she gained relevant knowledge to support services in her community. Mr. Noeuy Sokneam, a participant from Siem Reap province, emphasized that the two-day training was critical for the sub-national level service providers in order to support survivors of GBV in referring them to the relevant institutes.
During the last nine months, through the ACCESS Program, more than 600 GBV survivors have been provided access to various services, including legal and health services, counselling; and social and economic support. Moreover, the ACCESS Program has provided capacity building to more than 1,000 service providers in eight target provinces. A significant majority of these service providers are government officials.