Joint Action between Oxfam and Partners on COVID-19 Response and Prevention in Cambodia

Oxfam and partners hosted the event ‘‘Joint Action between Oxfam and Partners on COVID-19 Response and Prevention in Cambodia’’  on September 9, 2020. The event aims to provide immediate support to worker’s representatives who have been working with us as part of Oxfam's social protection program. We distributed Covid-19 prevention kits to 1,000 staff and workers of partner organizations; and cash transfer to about 3,000  local leaders, union leaders, and other vulnerable workers.

Despite of COVID-19 and significant loss of income, these workers’ representatives have maintained their commitment to voluntarily work with Oxfam and partners to promote awareness on COVID-19 and access to social protection to their members. Oxfam and partners are implementing the Inclusive and Equitable Social Protection programme, supported by the Belgium Government, to promote better social protection for more than 78,000 marginalised workers in Cambodia, in particular women, to increase their economic and social resilience by influencing the relevant decision makers to expand, finance and deliver social protection more effectively and equitably. Local leaders, union leaders, and NGO partners have contributed significantly for the program’s outcomes especially during the COVID-19. 

Ms. Solinn Lim, Oxfam Country Director, said ‘‘Along with various responses from the government, private sector and individuals to support workers during the difficult time , Oxfam and partners believe that our immediate support to worker’s representatives is equally important.  This support will encourage them to continue their devotion to support vulnerable workers during this difficult time. Today’s event has reflected our solidarity with partners from different associations, unions, NGOs,  institutional donors, the government and private sector working together to support the most vulnerable populations in Cambodia. Together with relevant parties we are working to promote  more inclusive social protection programs for vulnerable workers, especially women and children, to reduce their vulnerability and increase resilience during the current and future crises.’’