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Ready for peacekeeping deployment, with a gender lens

Monday, May 28, 2018

Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, has taken part in two very different kinds of UN Peacekeeper trainings. At the UN Staff Officer’s Course in Beijing in 2017, she was the only international woman participant. “There were two other females that joined, but they were both from China, and then one had to drop out midway... More

Market Vendors show camaraderie after severe floods

Thursday, April 19, 2018

In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Josie in April 2018, severe flooding struck several parts of Fiji. The flooding in Ba and other areas badly affected market vendors, their markets and businesses, with many people evacuated. For Venina Vakarusere, President of the Nausori Market Vendors Association, the drive to support vendors at the Ba Market came naturally. With shared goals and challenges, and after building relationships through UN Women’s Markets for Change project... More

OP-ED International Women's Day

Monday, March 12, 2018

International Women's Day, every 8 March, is a time for people across the Pacific region to celebrate the progress made towards gender equality. It's a day to commit ourselves to redouble our efforts to achieve equal access for Pacific women to education, employment, health, leadership, prosperity and other opportunities - and to realise the rights and benefits... More

New Pacific Partnership addresses gender equality and violence against women

Monday, March 12, 2018

This International Women's Day, a new EUR18.2 million regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced. The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) brings... More

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

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