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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.

Early preparations and data-gathering mark responses to COVID-19 in Fiji and Tonga

Thursday, June 11, 2020

As COVID-19 started making headlines back in January, crisis centres for survivors of violence against women in the Pacific started preparing for the possible implications, should it reach their shores. Having experienced multiple natural disasters and emergencies over the years, they knew that rates and severity of domestic violence escalate during crises, often coupled with disruptions to support services and a deprioritization of women and girls’ safety by state, police and other essential services.

Outreach Services REACH Ha'apai and Vavaʻu Remote Communities

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

[Press release] The roll out of the REACH pilot in Vava’u and Ha’apai, from 23 September to 4 October, was led by the Government of Tonga’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, with support from UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through contributions from the Government of Denmark. The REACH mobile service delivery model began in Fiji in 2015, and this year is expanding to Tonga and Samoa.

REACHing out for rights and services

Thursday, July 11, 2019

An unexpected visit sparked a glimmer of hope during a dark time in Arihi’s life. She is now an empowered survivor of domestic violence who now knows her rights and how to access financial and legal services.

Tongan youth-led solutions to reduce violence against women and girls

Monday, July 1, 2019

The new ‘Front Row Against Violence’ project led by Talitha Project in partnership with UN Women will target youth and sports to ensure girls in Tonga are empowered, have equal access to opportunities, and live free from all forms of violence. The Talitha Project partnership with UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) is supported by the EUR19.5million Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls programme funded by the European Union (EUR12.7m) and Australian Government (EUR6.2m) with support from UN Women (EUR0.6m).

‘REACH’ Mobile Service Delivery – Taking Stock for Future

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Seventeen communities in the Kingdom of Tonga have benefitted from the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) community outreach program that reaches those farthest behind.

More access to social services through the ‘REACH’ Mobile Service Delivery

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Social support services for women, men and families provided by the government and civil society organizations (CSOs) will become more accessible for Tongan citizens, through a new mobile service delivery initiative launched today. People living in remote, rural and maritime communities in Tonga will soon have better access to social services including, youth programme, registration for labour mobility and seasonal workers scheme...

Women at the helm of cyclone recovery efforts in Tonga

Monday, August 27, 2018

“When the cyclone finally arrived, we were all huddled in the house. The cyclone strength was getting stronger and stronger, and the damages started in the kitchen.” “The next morning, we saw the complete devastation in front of us. The roof was completely destroyed. All the doors and windows were completely damaged. The walls had collapsed because of the fallen roof. We all stood in shock, crying and holding on to each other,” recalls Sesalina Vaiangina...

UN agencies welcome Tonga’s decision to ratify CEDAW

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UN Women and the Regional UN Human Rights Office for the Pacific welcome the Government of Tonga’s agreement to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW is the principal UN treaty on...

Law for women’s protection passes with unanimous support in Tonga

Friday, September 20, 2013

As many as three in four women have experienced physical or sexual violence in the Pacific Island nation of Tonga, according to a National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Tonga released in 2012. Yet until now, there was no law to criminalize domestic violence or establish prompt police safety and protection orders or prevention measures.

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