Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in the Pacific

From Policy to Action: Ending Violence against Women and Girls in the Pacific is UN Women’s flagship programme aims to help women and girls live a life free from violence and is designed around international and Pacific evidence that promotes a holistic approach.

EVAW Brief

The programme supports Pacific-led activities to improve the policy environment on ending violence against women and girls as well as to meet the immediate needs, at a community level, of women who are experiencing violence. It supports Pacific organisations in delivering services that meet survivors’ needs, as well as taking steps to prevent violence from occurring in the first place. UN Women in the Pacific has been actively working on this issue for the past seven years and the regional programme builds on the organisation’s extensive experience. The groundwork has been laid and UN Women is consolidating and expanding this work across the region to meet the growing demand from countries for technical assistance.

Ultimately UN Women’s programme is about 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. Violence against women and girls is a complex issue that requires a long-term and sustainable approach, so the programme offers a step-by-step approach tailored to individual countries and founded on supporting capacity development.

UN Women takes every opportunity to support strengthening evidence-based approaches to ending violence against women and girls.

The organisation provides PICTs with technical assistance in legislation and policy development, as well as the critical needs for implementing such policies. This includes supporting research into the costs of violence against women and implementing policies to address it, strengthening the monitoring of policy implementation, and emphasising multi-disciplinary approaches to violence that involve health, policing, social welfare, education and justice actors.