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We are equal, we are important, say Nofotane women of Samoa

Friday, October 12, 2018

Many women have started their own businesses since participating in skills and livelihood training delivered by the project, including creating and selling handicrafts at the local markets. Photo: UN Women/Sarika Chand The city centre of Apia is festive today. The market stalls are laden with handmade mats, baskets and traditional jewellery made by women from rural Samoa; music and laughter lace the air. The two-day market is part of an event to showcase the results of a project... More

Press release: Samoa Launches its National Inquiry into Family Violence Report

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Family violence sits behind a veil of silence which allows it to continue to menace the lives of our people especially the most vulnerable among us. This is according to the National Inquiry into Family Violence Report 2018 released today with support from the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) along with UNDP, Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions (APF) and the Commonwealth Secretariat. More

Press release: Seminar for Members of Parliament: The Role of Parliament in promoting the Strategy for Development of Samoa & Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 22 – 23 August 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A two-day seminar aimed at recognising and promoting the significant role that Members of Parliament (MPs) play in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held in Samoa on the 22 – 23 August, at Taumeasina Island Resort. More

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sexual harassment is a form of violence against women and a violation of human rights. We must all ensure zero tolerance to sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. This is particularly true for the United Nations which has a duty to ensure full accountability for sexual harassment. Violence against women and girls in Pacific Island countries is among the highest in the world. Evidence shows that two in every three Pacific women are impacted by gender based violence - that’s twice... More

Leadership project to build on women’s representation in Samoa

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project seeks to improve gender equality and women’s leadership in Samoa. WILS represents the second phase of the Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) Project, which was in place from 2014 to 2016. Samoa has made significant advances in development and in promoting gender equality. Women now hold five... More

Leave No One Behind - Fun Run Embracing Inclusive Approach to Ending Violence

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Samoa's Annual Fun Run to End Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAW) on 25 November will focus on a commitment to 'leave no one behind' in efforts to eliminate violence. Samoa's Ministry of Women, Community and Social, Development, UN Women, the Australian Government, and Samoa's Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC) are partnering for the event, which will be followed by sports and craft activities at Lalomanu Primary School. The... More

Samoa's Historic Inquiry into Family Violence Sparks a National Conversation

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

In one week, on 25 November, UN Women takes a lead role in the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls global movement to 'Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls'. The Samoa field presence for the UN Women Multi-Country Office in Fiji, has made an early start to achieve a key objective for this year's 16 Days campaign by holding a National Inquiry into Family Violence, 'putting a spotlight on the wide... More

Samoa’s Nofotane women assert their rights and independence

Friday, November 3, 2017

In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as “nofotane”. Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for nofotane women’s rights. As a result, a nofotane representative now sits in village council meetings, and men and women alike are changing their attitudes about gender... More

Ensuring Women’s Participation in Humanitarian Action

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

“Samoa can be a leading example for other Red Cross Societies in the Pacific region, with humanitarian assistance that recognizes the different needs of women, children and people with disabilities and involves them actively in the process,” Samoa Red Cross Society (SRCS) Secretary General Namulauulu Tautala Mauala said. SRCS is the largest humanitarian organisation in Samoa with more than 2,200 volunteers supporting local communities. SRCS is one of four Pacific organisations that UN Women is supporting through the Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) - formerly the Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) on Women... More

Village decision — makers take a stand for Samoa’s “nofotane” women

Friday, July 21, 2017

Seualuga Tauasa Malietoa, the 70-year-old Talking Chief at Manase Savaii village in rural Samoa, has pledged to support women’s rights. His commitment is the result of trainings that the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), an FGE grantee, is conducting to engage local leaders as advocates for “nofotane” women. The term refers to women married to men from a different village and living with their in-laws. They are often exploited as domestic... More

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