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TAKE FIVE - Loukinikini Vili

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Loukinikini Vili is the Director of Human Rights at Samoa's Office of the Ombudsman and also the National Human Rights Institution, which has led the nation's first National Inquiry into Family Violence with support from UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) in Fiji. For possibly the first time, the Inquiry has brought into the national conversation the issue of family violence which "many see as a cultural norm" even though such acts of violence are... More

Record Number of Women’s Teams Shift Gender Inequality to the Sideline

Friday, November 10, 2017

As the record number of eight women’s teams take to the field for the Oceania Sevens, they are playing to win, and to shift gender inequality to the sideline. “We are currently rated in the top four in the world standings,” said Fijianas Rugby 7s captain Ana Roqica. “Ever since I started playing rugby, the crowd used to tell us that it’s a ‘men’s sport’… now they really... More

An Equal Playing Field for Women and Men a Priority for Oceania 7s

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

“We’re getting impressive results from the investments by Oceania Rugby and World Rugby to grow women’s rugby in the region,” said Oceania Rugby President Richard Sapias. “This is reflected in the increased number of women’s teams participating in the Oceania Sevens, and in recent changes to our strategic planning and partnerships such as with UN Women as we work together towards equality on the field,” said Mr Sapias. To encourage more equal participation of women and girls... More

Women Market Vendors Share Empowering Stories

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Women leaders of market vendor associations (MVA) from Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are today sharing their stories of hardship and success at the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women in Suva. Women leaders of Market Vendor Associations in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu share their stories at the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women. (left to right: Lako Ogotia, Maureen Sariki, Melody Leo,... More

Diverse and Local Humanitarians Essential for Disaster Preparedness and Response

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

“Humanitarian preparedness and response must include the voices and action of all in society, to ensure that humanitarian assistance is just, inclusive, safe and dignified,” said Noelene Nabulivou, political advisor of Diverse Voices for Action and Equality (DIVA for Equality). Sharing circle facilitated by DIVA for Equality and UN Women at the Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Meeting in Suva. Photo: UN Women/Caitlin Clifford A sharing circle facilitated... More

Addressing Violence Against Women Essential to Economic Empowerment

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

“Violence against women (VAW) is a significant economic issue which carries high costs to individuals, households, the public sector, businesses and society,” said Abby Erikson, Programme Manager of UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office’s (MCO) Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) programme. “However, we cannot lose sight of VAW as a violation of human rights - women have a right to live a life free from violence, beyond any economic... More

Market Vendors Overcoming Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Leaders of market vendor associations (MVAs) joined government ministers and other Pacific partners to discuss progress on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) at the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Ministers for Women being held in Suva, Fiji from 2-6 October, 2017. Women leaders of Market Vendor Associations from Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands with UN Women and UNDP presenting on Markets for Change at the Triennial... More

Key Outcomes Reached at Regional Workshop on Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

“Given the high rates of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the Pacific, the workshop delegates strongly urge Pacific governments to prioritize addressing gender based violence (GBV) at the very outset of an emergency response alongside other lifesaving priorities,” said Ms Shamima Ali, Coordinator of Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) and Secretariat of the Pacific Network Against Violence Against Women. Key representatives from... More

Regional Authorities Responding to Violence Against Women in Emergencies

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Preparing for and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) during disasters and emergencies is a critical issue for the Pacific, with rates of violence against women already double the global average during non-disaster times. Key representatives from government ministries and civil society organizations across Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Samoa are gathering in Suva, Fiji during 23-27 October to share knowledge and identify... More

Take five: “The most effective solutions come from listening to women”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Shamima Ali is a feminist activist from Fiji. She is the chairperson and one of the founding members of the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women. She has been a Coordinator at the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre for the past 31 years. Ms. Ali has also served as a Human Rights Commissioner in Fiji from 2004 to 2006. Her work has included developing and conducting training with police and other service-providers in Fiji and in the Pacific region. Over the years, UN Women has worked in partnership with FWCC on advancing national guidelines for gender-based violence response in Fiji, and supported activities to prevent gender-based violence, including during crises. Ms. Ali recently spoke at an event organized by UN Women at its Headquarters in New York where she talked about what’s driving high levels of violence against women in Fiji and how it can be prevented... More

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