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More support for Kiribati women and children survivors of violence

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Women and children affected by violence have increased access to services and support in Tarawa with the new Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre opening 31 January. Women and children seeking assistance can visit the Centre in Bairiki, Tarawa, or phone its 191 Helpline number, or 750-21000 landline. At the official opening of the Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre (KWCSC), the Australian High Commissioner to Kiribati, Mr Bruce Cowled, officially opened the Centre... More

Essential Services for Survivors of Violence Launched in Northern Division

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Medical Services Pacific (MSP) is launching their "One-Stop-Shop" clinic today in Labasa that will provide free clinical, counselling and legal support services, including mobile outreach to the most remote villages on Fiji's second largest island of Vanua Levu. "We have partnered with UN Women, through support from the Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF), and the Canada Fund to expand our services to Vanua Levu and empower women and youth through essential... More

Civil Society Meets for Workshop on the Shrinking Space for the Feminist Movement

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Civil society organisations globally are uniting in the Pacific on Tuesday 5 December to discuss the critical need to raise women's voices and protect the shrinking space for the global feminist movement during 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The International Civil Society Week (ICSW) global conference is being held from 4-8 December in Suva, Fiji, and includes a workshop called 'Shrinking Space for the Feminist Movement' to share... More

Partnerships critical in Pacific Approaches of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Today's talanoa on the Pacific approaches to what works to end violence against women and girls highlighted the critical need for all Pacific communities to work together, with a focus on prevention. Currently, the Pacific region has double the global average of women-two out of three women - who experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The talanoa was held during the 16... More

OP-ED: Together to Zero - Stopping Violence against Women and Girls

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Globally, one out of three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. This increases to double the global average - two out of three women - in the Pacific. Violence against women is gender inequality at its most extreme. Its repercussions directly undermine the capacity of each and every Pacific Island nation and its people to strive for sustainable development. Gender-based violence comes in many different forms. It includes domestic violence, violence against... More

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

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