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An equal playing field for women and men a priority for Oceania Sevens

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A record number of women in the workforce and local women assistant referees are part of this year’s Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship reflecting a global movement to achieve more equal participation of women and men in rugby. The number of women working in the tournament... More

Pacific countries agree to establish a regional working group to address domestic violence

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Representatives from eleven Pacific countries have agreed to establish a regional working group to help address domestic violence issues. This agreement was a key result from a regional consultation made up of senior civil servants responsible for domestic violence legislation and representatives from national domestic violence taskforces and committees, who met in Fiji this week to discuss strategies for implementing domestic violence legislation... More

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

Market Safety a priority as stakeholders convene

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ensuring markets are safe for all users is a top priority, as expressed by market stakeholders during a meeting convened in Lautoka, which discussed market safety issues in Fiji. Discussions were based on the findings of a safety and discrimination assessment exercise conducted in Fiji markets by UN Women Markets for Change (M4C) Project. The meeting, which concluded yesterday, was organized by UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Women and the Ministry... More

Chiefs Nakamal hosts Vanuatu women market leaders

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tears, laughter and appreciation filled the Chiefs Nakamal in Port Vila, Vanuatu last month as the first executives of the Silae Vanua Market Vendor Association (MVA) made way for new leadership at its Annual General Meeting (AGM). Member raising comment and question to executives. Photo: UN Women/Trisha Toangwera The Chiefs Nakamal, well known for its significant role in maintaining kastom in Vanuatu and used by Chiefs for governance meetings,... More

Market Vendor Associations Representatives will attend inaugural Forum

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

More than 40 Market Vendor representatives from Auki, Gizo and Honiara Central Market Vendors Associations will gather in Honiara over three days from 25-27 September for the inaugural Solomon Islands Market Vendors’ Association (MVA) forum. Since the establishment of these MVAs through UN Women Markets for Change (M4C) Project, this will be first time that Market Vendor representatives from the different provinces will gather to network and empower... More

Western Province Women Raise Gender Policy Priorities with Provincial Government

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

“In all my years of working with women and the community, this was the first time for us women of Western Province to have a dialogue with the full assembly,” President of the Ward Council of Women for Ward 18, Sisarina Rato, said. “They heard our comments directly from us.” Women representing wards across Solomon Islands’ Western Province highlighted key provincial women’s priorities and made recommendations... More

Press release: Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Project for Palau

Monday, September 17, 2018

As we celebrate the 25th year anniversary of the Mechesil Belau (Women of Palau) Conference with the Republic of Palau, UN Women and the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is also proud to mark the launch of an emergency preparedness, response and recovery project in the country aimed at empowering women. 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

Gender-Based Violence Counselling Course for the Pacific

Friday, September 7, 2018

Monday 10 September 2018 (Pacific Harbour, Fiji) – A Level-1 Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Counsellors Course for the Pacific starts its trial today with more than 25 counsellors from 10 Pacific countries. The regional course runs from 10-21 September in Fiji, and is designed to strengthen the quality and culturally appropriate capacity of counselling services that deal with survivors of gender-based violence in the Pacific. It is being delivered by Fiji Women’s Crisis... More

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