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These documents highlight key accomplishments supported by the Pacific Partnership in Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Tonga.
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This report presents the findings, lessons, conclusions, and recommendations of the Independent External Midterm Evaluation of the Pacific Partnership implemented between November 2020 and April 2021 by hera and Aid Works under the governance of an Evaluation Reference Group that included representatives of donors, partners and implementing civil society organisations (CSOs).
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The Getting Started Toolkit was developed to assist in getting the women vendors organised and empowered to engage in dialogue with the Market Vendors Association and the Market Management. The toolkit was developed in consultation with the Suva Market Vendors and the Sigatoka Market Vendors.
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Violence against girls is also a serious problem in the Pacific. In Vanuatu and Solomon Islands more than 30 per cent of women reported they had been sexually abused before their 15th birthday. In Kiribati and Fiji the number was 20 per cent. Gender-based violence brings with it a raft of consequences for the individuals involved, their families and communities, as well as at regional and national levels. It has a substantial economic impact through increased healthcare, social services, and policing costs....
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The illustrated stories of Meri – a first-time political candidate – and Isabelle – a first-time voter – and the challenges they both face in a fictional Pacific Island country. The comic is a companion to the 10-part radio series launched online in 2014...
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Inside this issue: Pacific countries devastated by Pam Pacific voices raised ahead of NY visit Tonga agrees to ratify CEDAW International Women’s Day celebrations Auki market vendors’ association launches Tuvalu prepares for CEDAW dialogue
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Global and intergovernmental processes on gender, including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and Beijing Platform for Action, provide opportunities for countries to agree on and measure progress towards global gender equality norms and standards. These commitments highlight actions to be taken by governments and other stakeholders to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment at the global, regional and national levels. Further, they...
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Issue 4 – February 2015Inside this issue:• Joint approach to gender programmes• Fund reaches women in rural areas• Young advocate raises voice for change• Empowering young women leaders• Market vendors turn theory into reality• Staff spotlight: Kepreen Ve’etutu
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A series of Family Health and Safety studies carried out in six Pacific countries found that more than 60% of women aged 15-49 in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Kiribati have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner; more than 60% of women in the same age group in Samoa and Tonga have experienced physical violence from a non-partner. Violence against girls is also a serious problem in the Pacific. In Vanuatu and Solomon Islands more than 30% of women reported they had been sexually abused before their 15th birthday. In Kiribati and Fiji the number was 20%.6 Gender-based violence brings with it a raft of consequences for the individuals involved, their families and communities, as well as at regional and national levels. It has a substantial economic impact through increased healthcare, social services, and policing costs..
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UN Women Pacific Newsletter Issue# 3
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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign is an international campaign that began in 1991. From November 25th, the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day...
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As the climate changes, the region will experience: rising sea levels; ocean acidification; changing rainfall patterns resulting in increased droughts and floods; and increased severity of disasters and extreme weather events. The impacts of climate change are likely to include: loss of lives; increased food insecurity; decreased ability to earn income and grow food; less arable land available; less access to clean water; and more disease and health problems, with overall negative impacts on economic and social development. People living in many Pacific island countries and territories (PICTS) are already experiencing some of these impacts...
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For PICTs, expanding and modernising their energy sector is vital since the limited availability of energy constrains human and economic development. Insufficient and unreliable power supplies can limit industrial production, while the lack of modern energy services can prevent the realisation of basic human needs, such as education, health, and communication. Furthermore, access to energy is not only a catalyst for development but it can also be a springboard for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Without access to modern energy services, women and girls spend most of their day performing basic subsistence...
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Women’s economic empowerment is fundamentally about rights and equitable societies, yet women and their views, priorities and skills are often excluded from decision-making processes that shape development. Women in the Pacific region are more vulnerable than men to the impacts...
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The World Health Organisation notes that the effects of climate on human society, and our ability to mitigate and adapt to them, are mediated by social factors, including gender. Many health risks likely to be affected by ongoing climate change show gender differentials. Globally, disasters such as droughts, floods and storms kill far more women and children than men. Although sex and age disaggregated data on fatalities...
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Food insecurity and inadequate nutrition are key issues which threaten lives and well-being in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), and changes in climate are likely to exacerbate existing vulnerabilities. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has acknowledged that climate change will seriously threaten food security across the world, as any changes to the global climate will impact on agriculture, and therefore the world’s food...
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Studies conducted in six Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) focused on women’s life-time experiences of violence. Of the women surveyed, 60-80% had experienced forms of physical or sexual violence by partners or others. Women of all ages are affected, including young girls, and types of violence include assault, rape, and sexual abuse of children. The perpetrators of violence were almost always intimate partners and family members, and low reporting rates mean this problem is largely invisible. In situations of disaster, SGBV is a pervasive factor which heightens existing vulnerabilities. Unless effective mechanisms to address SGBV are put in place, an increase in climate-related disasters in the Pacific will put women at...
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Participants to the Beijing Conference included 189 governments, as well as representatives from 12 Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) – Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Pacific governments were actively engaged in the Beijing Women’s Conference. Prior to attending the Conference...
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As a group of small and geographically dispersed countries far from international markets, economic growth across the Pacific region is often uneven. While the World Bank considers Nauru and Palau to be upper middle income countries, the United Nations classifies Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tuvalu as “least developed countries” based on their low incomes, economic vulnerability and weak human resources. Pacific populations are mainly rural and rely largely on subsistence activities: around 84% of women and 71% of men are involved in the subsistence or informal economies, work for family or are self-employed, and are therefore classed as vulnerable workers. Many of these activities fall outside the formal economy and are therefore not represented through more traditional economic measures such as gross domestic product...
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UN Women Pacific Newsletter Issue 2