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In the words of Shobhna Verma, a market vendor: “I was just a simple housewife. Now I feel my dreams are fulfilled.”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

For the past 35 years Shobhna Verma has made her living selling produce at Suva Market in Fiji’s capital. While her three children are now grown and having their own families, she continues to take on new responsibilities, the latest of which is as a Justice of the Peace. Shobhna is the Legal Adviser with the Suva Market Vendor Association and has attended a series of trainings on financial literacy... More

Putting the “Grand Bargain” into Action in the Pacific

Friday, August 18, 2017

On 19 August, World Humanitarian Day, UN Women joins other humanitarian actors in recognising the essential work of humanitarians in conflict zones and disasters. For UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office, working in the Pacific region means preparing for and responding to increasingly severe tropical cyclones – as seen with devastating Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston that hit Fiji in February 2016, affecting nearly 40 per cent of Fiji’s... More

Equality in Participation for Women and Men a Priority for Oceania Rugby and UN Women

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Oceania Rugby’s commitment to increasing the participation and leadership of women and girls in rugby across the Pacific has been reinforced by a new partnership with UN Women. Oceania Rugby has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women, which is the global champion for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.... More

Fiji Girl Guides Rally to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The chant “say no to violence!” rang across Naqali District School as 72 girl guides and 10 girl leaders rallied together in Naitasiri on Saturday for the Fiji Girl Guides’ fifth and final march to end violence against women and girls. The Naitasiri Voices Against Violence (VAV) Rally at Naqali District School... More

Dialogue to address violence against women and girls with disabilities

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

“Women and girls with disabilities do not report cases of violence, abuse and exploitations due to barriers and challenges they face as a woman and as a person with a disability”, said Mr Setareki Macanawai, the CEO for Pacific Disability Forum (PDF). Mr Macanawai made this comment at the first ever regional dialogue on Ending Violence against women and girls with disabilities (EVAW) in the Pacific. PDF in partnership with the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office... More

Ways to reduce violence against women and girls with disabilities

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lessons learnt from a unique Toolkit on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Fiji are driving ideas to develop similar approaches in other Pacific countries. “When we started using our Fiji toolkit back in 2015 we didn’t realise how much it would really help our women and girls,” said Litia Naitanui, Rewa Branch President, Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO), who is a participant at this week’s Pacific Disability... More

National Economies and Commitments to Benefit from Gender Responsive Budgeting

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Decision-makers around the region are being urged to match commitments on gender equality with increased and better targeted funding. Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Director for Policy, Sione Tekiteki made the call at a regional training workshop aimed at improving understanding of the financial benefits ... More

Disaster Response Management Plans developed for Auki and Honiara Central Market

Monday, June 12, 2017

For the first time two Solomon Islands markets, Auki and Honiara Central Markets have plans ready to ensure safety at a time of disaster thanks to the collaborative efforts of partners engaged in the UN Women Markets for Change project. Over the past two weeks, UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project has partnered with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and provincial counterparts based at Honiara City... More

Marketplaces to better consider the majority of market vendors needs in allocating budgets

Monday, May 8, 2017

Regional training is assisting participants to better understand the impact of spending on women and men market vendors then plan gender responsive budgets. Today completes the week-long Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) training, which is part of UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project primarily funded by the Australian Government. Participants from local and national government, provincial and municipal council officials from Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are keen to use... More

Fijian community organizations leading response

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji a year ago this month, UN Women and other international organizations helped people recover. But it was local organizations that led the way in reaching many of the storm’s less visible victims – the elderly, people with disabilities, and those suffering psychological trauma. The cyclone damaged entire villages and communities, killed 44 people and left 40,000 people in need of immediate assistance, according to... More

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