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Rural women vendors and farmers trading at Nausori Municipal Market will have a safe place to sleep at the new Nausori Market Women’s Accommodation Centre which was officially opened today by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Fiji’s Minister for Commerce, Trade and Tourism, and Transport, and acting Minister for Local Government, Honorable Faiyaz Koya.
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On International Women’s Day this year, the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO), through the Pacific Partnership, and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) announce an exciting new partnership, affirming their joint commitment to gender equality through a multiyear partnership, focusing on making football safer and more accessible for women and girls, while promoting gender equality, supporting women’s empowerment, and preventing violence in the Pacific.
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Permanent Secretary of the Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Jennifer Poole (second from left) with Ministry staff, receives ICT resources from UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office Representative, Sandra Bernklau (third from left). Photo: UN Women/Gregory Ravoi Suva, Fiji – The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation (MWCPA) has welcomed much-needed resources for information management, communications, and technology (ICT) from the UN Women Fiji...
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(L-R) Mr Paul Wilson , Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji; Ms Shamima Ali , Coordinator, Fiji Women’s Crisis Center; and Ms Sandra Bernklau , Representative for UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office, launch the Gender-Based Violence Counsellor Training Package for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji. Photo: Fiji Women’s Crisis Center/ Nasik Swami Suva, Fiji – 29 November marked the culmination of progressing decades of work towards standardising approaches to...
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Our interviewee is a member of Sarah Carer, social workers trained by House of Sarah to help survivors of violence access information and essential services. She asked to remain anonymous.“For long, domestic violence was a norm in our community. Men would say it's a way of disciplining women. ‘Mind your own business. It's their problem,’ people would say if anyone tried to help. …
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Reverend Jone Tuiwaiwai, 60, is a House of Sarah project officer and a pastor of St. Luke Anglican Church in Suva, Fiji. Since 2018, the faith-based non-governmental organization House of Sarah has been piloting the project, Preventing Violence Against Women in Fiji’s Faith Settings initiative in three Christian communities in Fiji. House of Sarah is co-funded by the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership), which is funded primarily by the European Union, the Governments of Australia and of New Zealand, UN Women, and the Fiji Women’s Fund (also supported by the Australian Government).
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Sani Daoni, 40, a member of Wailoku community in Suva, Fiji, has attended dialogue sessions given by the House of Sarah project. "I’m a man. I loved my power. I wanted things my way. I never shared responsibility with my wife. If things were not followed, I’d beat her up. I was harsh on the kids. I was always shouting at them. That’s how I disciplined my family,""
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I knock on people’s doors. If they want me to come in, I go in. We introduce ourselves, and we pray. If they don’t want me to go in, I invite them to meet me in churches or community halls. It can be hard to get men to come. It can be hard to have men and women together because men blame women for causing violence. We community activists, use the [adapted Raising Voices’ SASA! Faith] tool to have discussions.
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One afternoon, my wife sent me a picture from the training. In the picture, men were using all sorts of violence. I saw myself in those men. For the rest of the afternoon, I kept on thinking about the times I used violence on my wife and kids. Weeks later, Reverend Jone [Tuiwaiwai] and a few others came to my house, encouraging me to become a community activist. I went to the training and learned about biblical texts. There were verses about how God created men and women equal, giving them authority to look after each other.
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“We had already conducted training in the community to prevent violence,” explains Reverend Sereima Lomaloma, Founder and Trustee of the House of Sarah, and senior faith leader. “But violence continued because women were the only ones taking up the learning, not the rest of the family. The whole family needed to change. The whole community needed to change. But it wasn’t happening,” she explained. So, when the opportunity arose for House of Sarah to partner with UN Women to carry out the internationally recognised SASA! Faith approach to preventing violence against women, developed by Uganda-based organisation Raising Voices, Reverend Lomaloma welcomed the chance.
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Oripa Lee from Fiji is a teacher and coach part of the Get into Rugby PLUS programme which aims to promote gender equitable norms, attitudes and behaviours, and prevent violence against women and girls and by doing so, strengthen inclusion in the sport. She is of the many school coaches’ part of Oceania Rugby and UN Women’s partnership initiative, that is helping to ‘balance the scales’ on and off the rugby field. Caption: Oripa Lee, teacher and coach, part of the...
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Suva, Fiji  - Pacific communities continue to benefit from the work of four women’s organisations in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on women.  The four organisations, Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC), Medical Services Pacific (MSP) in Fiji, Palau Red Cross (PRC) and Malaita Provincial Council of Women (MPCW) from Solomon Islands are supported by the Women’s Peace...
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In the past 18 months, by trapping women with their abusers, COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have worsened the already-widespread violence against women while preventing many of them from getting help. But even those who do manage to contact the police come up against another long-standing challenge: a culture and system that treats the survivor as a big part of the problem.
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In consultation with market vendors and relevant authorities, the Markets for Change (M4C) project provided WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) materials to support the COVID-19 response work in Honiara, Auki, and Gizo markets.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the role of women leaders in ensuring markets continue to operate to support women’s livelihoods and food security for communities. Women market vendors, market management, representatives from the Governments of Fiji and Australia, and UN Women came together today to highlight the role of women’s leadership in local government and market spaces in Fiji, while commemorating International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8.
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[Press release] Participants. Photo: UN Women/Ednah Ramoau Gizo, Solomon Islands – Women market vendors of Munda, in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands have established a Market Vendor Association, an inclusive and effective representative marketplace group that can advocate for the rights and interests of market vendors. More than 35 market vendors came together in Munda this week to go through some basic training around the formation of an association. Topics covered...
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[Press release]   Photo courtesy of UNDP Solomon Islands/ Andrew Tahisi.   Photo courtesy of UNDP Solomon Islands/ Andrew Tahisi. Solomon Islands, February 2021 – More than 100 landholding groups’ representatives including 60 women leaders from three provinces – Guadalcanal, Malaita and Western Provinces will participate in a series of consultation and awareness programs to learn how to make customary land available and accessible for the future...
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This is a series of articles from the Inclusive Governance of Natural Resources (IGNR) project in Solomon Islands, the heroines of which are local leaders who participated in the Traditional Governance and Facilitation Bill consultations organized by the IGNR project this year.
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The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation (MWCPA) held a high-level public event today to mark the launch of the national consultations across Fiji to produce a whole-of-government and whole-of-community, evidence-based, measurable, inclusive and funded five-year National Action Plan (2021-2026).
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Partners of the Markets for Change (M4C) project in Vanuatu, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs Hon. Maau’Koro Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau joined Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner H.E Clemency Oliphant and other stakeholder representatives from the local governments, municipal councils, market vendor associations, and government departments for the M4C Phase II Design Validation Workshop on Monday.