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Across the Pacific, crisis centres respond to COVID-19 amid natural disasters

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Gender-based violence crisis centres from six countries in the Pacific have faced not only the COVID-19 crisis, but also in some countries, the dual impact of a tropical cyclone. UN Women’s Ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme works in close collaboration with government, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls, and increase access to quality response services for survivors, especially during emergencies.

Across the Pacific region, crisis centres respond to increased cases of violence against women amid COVID-19

Thursday, June 11, 2020

As COVID-19 prevention measures in the Pacific region and around the world limited movement and encouraged home isolation, the number of women seeking domestic violence support services have surged. In Samoa, there has been a 150 per cent increase in the number of helpline calls, compared to the same time last year, says Silliniu Lina Chang, President of the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG). “Tensions build as families are hit by unemployment, and from not being able to provide for...

Sports Media Workshop Results in 14 Participants Being Awarded Pacific Games Media Internships

Friday, June 28, 2019

This week Samoan journalism students have been awarded internships with major media outlets covering the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games, as a result of the Equal Playing Field; Reporting for Women and Sport workshop.

An #EqualPlayingField for Women and Sport Planned for Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

More than twenty journalists, journalism students and athletes are sharing media reporting good practice and social media ideas to further improve coverage of women champion athletes during the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.

REACH Project, much-needed for Samoa

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion, or REACH project, has been identified as much-needed for Samoa due to its high rural population, which was reported at about 81 per cent of the total population in 2016, according to the World Bank.

Workshop: Interagency Essential Services Guideline

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) is leading discussions to develop an Interagency Essential Services Guideline in an effort to strengthen Government’s coordinated response to assist victims of gender-based violence.

Ways to Reduce Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Samoa and Kiribati

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

This new toolkits provide country-specific guidance and are translated into the Samoan and iKiribati languages, building on the success of the Fijian toolkit launched in 2015. They are developed by the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) and the national disabled persons organisations Nuanua O Le Alofa (NOLA) in Samoa and Te Toa Matoa (TTM) in Kiribati. The project was supported by the Pacific Regional Ending Violence Against Women Facility Fund, a UN Women project formerly funded by the Australian Government.

Mobile Service Delivery to ‘REACH’ people in remote communities in Samoa

Thursday, February 7, 2019

More Samoan citizens living outside of urban communities will soon have better access to government, legal and women’s services through a new mobile service delivery initiative launched today. Samoa is adapting the successful mobile service delivery model implemented in Fiji, called Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH), led by the Government of Samoa...

We are equal, we are important, say Nofotane women of Samoa

Friday, October 12, 2018

The city centre of Apia is festive today. The market stalls are laden with handmade mats, baskets and traditional jewellery made by women from rural Samoa; music and laughter lace the air. The two-day market is part of an event to showcase the results of a project that trained and empowered 5,170 Nofotane women in the course of the last two years, funded by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. In Samoa, the term ‘Nofotane’ refers to indigenous women who, after marriage, live in their husband’s village with the husband’s family.

Press release: Samoa Launches its National Inquiry into Family Violence Report

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Family violence sits behind a veil of silence which allows it to continue to menace the lives of our people especially the most vulnerable among us. This is according to the National Inquiry into Family Violence Report 2018 released today with support from the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) along with UNDP, Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions (APF) and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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