Phnom Penh, 8 November 2021 (TDI): Australia and Cambodia reaffirmed their decision to promote Women’s Rights, today in Phnom Penh Cambodia.

The announcement came when Minister of Foreign and Women Affairs of Australia, Marise Payne discussed the violence against women with her Cambodian Counterpart Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs of Cambodia.

Marise Payne reached Cambodia early this morning. Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia received her at Airport. The two Ministers addressed the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights during the meeting.

The Australian Foreign Minister also holds charge of Women Affairs of Australia. She shared on Twitter that ‘to address violence against women is a top priority for Australia and Cambodia’.

She also visited the women’s crisis center for survivors of gender-based violence in Cambodia. The center has been supported by Australia in its running.

She is on her visits to ASEAN member states including Cambodia. This is the first-ever visit to Cambodia by any Australian Foreign Minister since 2014.

Earlier, the Australian Foreign Minister visited Malaysia last week and discussed Indo-Pacific politics. She will also visit Vietnam and Indonesia over the next week.