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Otimau Mariano, 39, from Kiribati. Photo: UN Women/Jacqui Berrell There are so many men using their wife like punching bags, and it’s become normal, even if you stop them, the man will fight back with you, but this project reminds us of what should be normal.Since I joined this project, I have experienced a lot of change within myself. This project has helped me realise I want peace. This change was a result of the Strengthening Peaceful Villages training. In the training, I...
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Teretia Tokam, Coordinator of the Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre (KWCSC). Photo courtesy of Tara Chetty/Pacific Women Support Unit I think [often] about my journey so far and all my experiences bringing me to this point where I coordinate the Centre. Some experiences have been really tough, and they broke me down, but they also made me strong and able to give a voice to women and be supportive to women who are being abused. There was one experience that was a turning...
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For the first time ever, prevalence data is available on men’s use of violence, alongside women’s experience of violence in Kiribati. This data and its key findings are from the ‘South Tarawa Healthy Living Study: An Impact Evaluation of the Strengthening Peaceful Villages (SPV) Violence Prevention Intervention in Kiribati’ which collected data related to community attitudes and behaviours on violence against women and girls in South Tarawa.
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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.
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Gender equality is not a women’s issue but a matter of human rights. The concept of “human right” has been interpreted differently according to society’s definition of who is a human being under which conditions. Women have achieved human rights through endless struggles and efforts; for example, the right to vote, the right to receive the same wages, and the right to wear pants were all rights that women had to acquire. I have been dedicated to the movement throughout my life.
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More than 90 people living in villages in South Tarawa are taking the lead to promote gender equality and to ensure safe and peaceful families and homes.
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The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) programme was launched nationally in Tarawa today by the President of the Republic of Kiribati, His Excellency Taneti Maamau.
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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.
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Tarawa, Kiribati — Women and children in Kiribati confronted by violence will have improved access to more timely and relevant services across government and civil society agencies. The Kiribati Government through Ministry of Women, Youth, Sport and Social Affairs (MWYSSA) has launched its Kiribati Standard Operating Procedures for Gender-Based Violence Response, in partnership with the SafeNet network of government and non-government frontline service providers and UN Women. The...
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Thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), for hosting the 12th session of the Seoul ODA International Conference.First of all, let me say that gender equality is always a result of political will. Gender equality does not come automatically. It does not arrive with a new generation; we have to actively work towards it. In every country of the world, gender inequality is about an imbalance in power, which normally favours men over women. Achieving gender equality requires negotiations around how society should be and political priorities and positions to change...
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UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér will be on her first official visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 13 to 14 September 2018. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with the Republic, aimed at achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, both at home and abroad. She will be speaking at the 12th session of the Seoul ODA International Conference, on the importance of development cooperation and the official development...
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Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police...
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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...
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More voices can bring more and real changes. Synergising the shared vision: ending gender-based violence (GBV), KWID has always been a big part of the relationship with UN Women. With 16 Days of Activism to say ‘no’ together to end violence against women across the globe, Sujeong Song, Programme Officer – EVAW, interviewed Dr. Myung-Sun Lee, President of Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI) on Friday, 25 November...
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The risk of sexual harassment and assault strikes fear into the hearts of women in the Republic of Korea. In 2014, almost 1 in 4 women there said they had experienced sexual violence, according to a report released in 2014 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. To avoid being victimized, many women regularly alter their everyday behaviors when outdoors; they are thus forced to curb their own freedoms in public spaces meant for all. Possible solutions...
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Joint Press Release: Ministry of Social Welfare, Women & Poverty Alleviation, UN Women, the Indian High Commission and Barefoot College.
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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.