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EU and PIFS’s SG sign deal to address gender inequality and VAWG in the Pacific

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07th September 2017 The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) Dame Meg Taylor and the European Union signed a EUR 13 million agreement to tackle the root causes of gender inequality and violence against women and girls in the Pacific and yesterday afternoon.

Dame Meg Taylor said, “Recognizing the high levels of violence against women in our region this assistance is timely and will effectively assist the region in concretely addressing this issue.”

She said that five years ago, Pacific leaders adopted the Gender Equality Declaration in the Cook Islands.

“The declaration highlighted, amongst other things, the importance of implementing progressive and holistic packages of essential services for women and girls who are survivors of violence.”

According to her, violence against women is a complex and multi-dimensional issues and it needs support from civil society, private sector, government, faith based groups and development partners.

She said that PIFS is looking forward to working with the EU and partner organizations such as SPC and UN Women to support women in the Pacific and to strengthen the region’s commitment to ending violence against women.

Director for Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and the Pacific at the European Commission’s Department for International Cooperation and Development Pierre Amilhat said, “Gender equality is a joint priority to the EU and the Pacific.”

He said that  in the Gender Equality Declaration, Pacific leaders acknowledged that gender inequality is imposing a high social and economic cost of Pacific people and nations and that improved gender equality will make a vital contribution to creating a just, prosperous, stable and secure region for current and future generations.

“This is a EUR 18 million program. It will trigger positive change.”

Amilhat said the program will enhance formal and informal education on gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls. It will also try to promote gender equality and the prevention of violence against women and girls in community level and will build the capacities of civil society organizations to advocate, monitor and report on the issue.

In a joint press release by the EU and PIFS, it stated that Australia will also provide an additional EUR 5 million to the program which will support activities at regional levels as well as 10 Pacific nations including Tonga.

The program is co-financed through the 11th European Development Fund, Australian Government and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).


Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 September 2017 16:26 )  

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