Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow News

18 March, 2022

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022, the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh and the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program staff came together to recognize and celebrate the role of gender equality in building a sustainable tomorrow. IWD provided an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of women around the world, who are leading and inspiring action on climate change to build a more sustainable future for women and girls.

IWD brought together many program stakeholders and broader segments of society to celebrate the achievements of and raise awareness about the rights of women and girls, including those with disabilities, promote key messages on gender equality, and engage government officials, civil society organisations and the general public, including artists, and local communities to advocate for women empowerment.

Over the past few years, the ACCESS Program has been supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and Implementing Partners (IPs) at all levels in recognizing the importance of IWD in advancing gender equality. This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect Cambodia, resulting in restrictions on public gatherings, some of the activities were conducted virtually.

ACCESS Program staff celebrating IWD 2022

To celebrate IWD, ACCESS Program staff and representatives of the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh met for a group photo. A photo collection displaying key messages promoting women and girls’ empowerment in Cambodia focused on raising visibility about the importance of gender equality. The ACCESS program team also joined some in-person events in collaboration with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA), and implementing partners to celebrate IWD.

The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia, civil society and private sector actors to advance the rights of women, girls, and persons with disabilities.

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