Ending Violence against Women Programme

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Violence against women and girls in Pacific countries is among the highest in the world, with evidence showing that up to 68% of women in the region are affected.

Despite the enormity of the problem, change is occurring: governments are beginning to advance legislation, policies and national action plans on ending violence against women; non-government organisations (NGOs), many of which are funded by UN Women through the Pacific Regional Ending Violence against Women Facility Fund (Pacific Fund), are gradually providing more support to women and families affected by violence.

UN Women’s Ending Violence against Women and Girls (EVAWG) Programme aims to help women and girls live a life free from violence. It is designed around international and Pacific evidence that promotes a holistic approach; empowering women and men to break the cycle of violence, while also strengthening capacity among duty bearers to manage the associated social and economic costs.

Through the programme, UN Women provides Pacific Island countries and territories with technical assistance in legislation and policy development, as well as the critical needs for implementing such policies.

The EVAWG programme has three main components:

  • Strengthening an enabling environment to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, in line with international standards;
  • Strengthening the implementation of legislation, policies and National Action Plans for delivery of multi-sectoral, quality, survivor-focused essential services;                     
  • Strengthening social mobilisation, community leadership and prevention.

Find out more about the EVAWG programme

Key Project: The Pacific Regional Ending Violence against Women Facility Fund (Pacific Fund)

The Pacific Fund is central to UN Women’s ending violence against women and girls work in the Pacific. It offers NGOs and governments grants of up to US$100,000 for projects to end violence against women and girls as well as an extensive capacity building programme.

Between 2009 and 2013, more than 40 grants – a total of US$1,235,737 – were authorised across seven countries.

UN Women, through the Pacific Fund, makes immediate investments to support the enhancement and expansion of essential services for survivors.

Key activities include:

  • Grants to selected service providers for delivery of services to survivors of VAWG (counselling, medical, and legal assistance) especially in remote and rural areas.
  • Intensive capacity building including in-country training, mentoring and technical advisory services.
  • Support regional and national level exchanges on promising practices, innovations and evidence.
  • Documentation of innovative practices for replication across the region.

Find out more about the Pacific Fund

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How to design projects to end violence against women and girls


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