Pacific move to protect women

Man,woman and children with placards during the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Woman march at Lami yesterday. Picture: RAMA

ONE in every three women in the Pacific are being affected by domestic and gender-based violence.

This was revealed in a joint statement by the EU, Australian Aid, Pacific Community (SPC), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and UN Women.

In a bid to respond to this pertinent issue, the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls was officially launched on Monday to co-ordinate the region’s largest single project so far.

The project will comprehensively end violence against women and girls within the Pacific, the statement read.

The EU, Australian government, UN and two council of regional organisations of the Pacific (CROP) have all partnered to co-ordinate this program.

Pacific Islands Forum secretary-general Dame Meg Taylor said the Pacific’s values of being connected apply to the issue of eliminating violence against women.

“I have seen how partnerships on ending violence against women have grown and are sustained among the smallest, most under-resourced community, women’s and faith-based groups.

“Successful change happens in communities where relationships are preserved between husbands and wives, mothers and sons, village elders and women’s groups, church leaders and police and politicians and those most at risk groups. We can learn much from the efforts of our people to deal with violence against women.”

SPC director general Dr Colin Tukuitonga highlighted that the program would make a positive impact on current and future generations of Pacific leaders.

The program cost $46.7m (euros19.5 m) and is funded by the EU with support from the Australian government and UN Women.


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