ACCESS Cambodia Team Celebrates International Women’s Day 2023 News

13 March, 2023

This year marked the 112th anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD). In Cambodia, this year’s IWD country theme was “Women Together for Peace and Development in the Digital Age” – a topic closely linked to the UN global theme DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality.

The Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh and the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program staff came together to celebrate IWD2023 on March 8th. The Cambodian local theme, “Women Together for Peace and Development in the Digital Age,” highlights the invaluable role of women’s participation in maintaining peace, as well as actively contributing to development. Cambodian women and men will work together to participate equally and equitably, regionally and globally to build resilience and sustainable development.

Every​ year, the ACCESS Program provides support to the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and program implementing partners, at the national and sub-national levels, to celebrate International Women’s Day. This year, ACCESS commissioned the printing of purple t-shirts celebrating the 112th IWD, in addition to supporting the design of digital posters promoting gender equality messages. The t-shirts were distributed to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), Provincial Departments of Women’s Affairs across six targeted provinces, program implementing partners working to address gender-based violence (GBV), and ACCESS and DFAT team members.

Digital posters developed by ACCESS Cambodia Program

One of ACCESS Program’s main achievements over the past year has been the delivery of capacity building support on essential GBV service standards. Overall, 2134 service providers (952 female and 116 persons with disabilities) received specialized training and support. Evidence from service sites has highlighted an increased level of confidence and capacity to address the needs of women affected by GBV in compliance with key service delivery principles.

ACCESS Program staff came together for a group photo and has been active in promoting messages aligned with the local theme to promote women in the digital age. The ACCESS team also joined some in-person events, organized in collaboration with MoWA, to celebrate IWD 2023.

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