I am very pleased to present to you the progress on the National Action Plan to Combat Violence against Women.
Domestic violence - a development indicator
Combatting violence against women is a priority for the Royal Government of Cambodia. Our country is in fact the first country in the world to include violence against women and children as an indicator in measuring the country’s development. The task of drafting a Prevention Plan is part of these Cambodian Millennium Goals. The specific CMDG reads “Developing and Implementing a Prevention Plan by 2OO5”.
In order to draft a national plan to prevent violence against women, a wide range of governmental and non-governmental actors are needed.
A National Action Plan must enable collaboration between sectors that might contribute to preventing violence, such as the criminal justice, education, media and the social welfare sector. Therefore, in November 2005 the Ministry of Women’s Affairs called experts to join an Advisory Board. Members of the Advisory Board come from several line ministries such as Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice and other relevant government organizations. Other members were invited from relevant NGOs working in the specific sectors.
The Consultation Process
In line with the participative approach, the members addressed relevant topics in subgroups in the following areas: Information and awareness, Social Services for victims and Legal issues such as the implementation of the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs subsequently reviewed the recommendations of the Advisory Board and prepared a first draft plan. This draft plan has now been submitted to the Advisory Board for consultations. Although the consultations may be time-consuming and are still ongoing, this is an important process, since it is important that this national planning effort to prevent violence will be based on the consensus of a wide range of governmental and non-governmental actors.
The structure of the Plan
The Ministry of Women’s Affairs added an introductory section to the
National Prevention Plan which introduces definitions of violence and
The second part of the document includes the following sub-plans:
Once the draft plan has been agreed upon, a discussion with all partners
is needed. So far, we have developed policy recommendations, however,
specific indicators and activities have to be developed to allow for
monitoring of the implementation of the National Action Plan. Only with a
detailed implementation matrix can we ensure the coordination of data
collection the analysis of the data and the incorporation of lessons
learnt in future implementation strategies.
To implement a National Action plan to Combat Violence against Women,
funds are needed. Whereas the Ministry of Women’s Affairs received funds
from GTZ to implement the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence; and to
train officials, and funds from UNFPA and IOM, more funds are needed.
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Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished speakers, and guests. I am pleased to have been invited to present the progress on the National Action plan to Combat Violence against Women.
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