Workshop on Disability Inclusion in Gender-Based Violence Response Services by ADD International

Workshop on Disability Inclusion in Gender-Based Violence Response Services by ADD International

ADD International conducted a three-day workshop on disability inclusion in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Response Services from 20 to 22 July in Phnom Penh. The workshop was attended by a diverse range of 33 participants, including representatives from Self Help Groups (SHGs), Women with Disability Federations (WWDFs), and Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO). These participants were selected from the target provinces​ (Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum, Kampong Speu) of Inclusive Disability Enhancement in ACCESS (IDEA).

The workshop aimed to mainstream disability inclusion in the GBV Response Services among DPOs and SHGs, and to equip them with relevant tools to identify and address intersectionality between disability and GBV issues. This workshop also aimed to enable DPOs and SHGs to conduct community awareness on disability inclusion and GBV, and to sensitize them on program safeguarding and COVID-19 mitigations issues.

ACCESS works in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) to support the implementation of the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and the National Disability Strategic Plan.

ADD International is a new Implementing Partner of ACCESS that commits to delivering the IDEA project that aims to foster constructive learning and sharing of the intersectionality of disability and GBV issues. This will also contribute to the overall goal of ACCESS, which is to ensure women and girls with disabilities, who are affected by GBV, can access sustainable, equality, and inclusive services.

H.E. Prak Thaveak Pheary, Deputy Secretary General of Disability Action Council Secretariats, highlighted, “Majority of women with disabilities face several challenges to access public and private services including education, vocational training and employment. Women and girls face double discrimination which leads to physical violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation.”

“I want to express my extreme gratitude to the Australian Embassy that continuously supports disability and GBV sectors through the ACCESS Program in Cambodia for better and quality services,” she added.

Mr. Lun Borithy, Country Director-ADD International in Cambodia mentioned, “This is our first workshop with ACCESS program and it is a special event because we were able to engage with key government actors including the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSVY), and the Disability Action Council (DAC); and ACCESS support contributed to making this workshop happen”.

A participant from Samroang Torng District, said that this workshop provided him with a better understanding of disability inclusion in GBV response services; and he was looking forward to sharing this knowledge with his community when he returned.

This workshop was concluded with Anne ROUVE-KHIEV, Team Leader of ACCESS, H.E. Prak Thaveak Pheary, Deputy Secretary General of Disability Action Council, and Mr. Lun Borithy, Country Director of ADD International distributing certificates of participation to all participants.