UN Women Convenes Consultations on Eliminating and Preventing Violence against Women and Girls in Fiji and Six Other Pacific Islands States


UN Women is hosting a series of consultations throughout the Pacific this week on the theme of eliminating and preventing violence against women and girls.

Fiji’s consultation took place on Monday, 6 August that brought together representatives from women’s rights groups, NGOs, government departments, faith based organizations and UN agencies.

These consultations are designed to determine the progress of achievements and work conducted so far to promote and advance the prevention of violence against women.

The discussions also covered the areas of response systems provisions and look at the identification of possible gap areas that still need to be addressed.

The consultations are part of a larger global process UN Women is leading to invite inputs from women’s rights organizations, civil society organizations, government departments, and anyone addressing violence against women and girls. The outcomes of the Pacific and global consultations will then be utilized to identify key areas that need to be addressed, and will inform the annual Commission on the Status of Women (also known as CSW) meeting held in New York in 2013. The theme for this global gathering is the “elimination and prevention of violence against women and girls.”

CSW is an opportunity for United Nations Member States to discuss areas of concern for women and girls, and agree on approaches to address these issues.

Consultations during the week of 1-8 August are being held in Cook Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.


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