Key Forums and Events

2016

AUGUST
7th Regional Meeting of the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women
The meeting brought together 75 activists, practitioners and policy-makers to discuss the status of women’s human rights and violence against women in the region. They examined what response mechanisms are in place and identified priority actions needed to continue the work to end violence against women and girls.

SEPTEMBER
The Road to Change: A Pacific Regional Consultation on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (UN Women)
Facilitated by UN Women, the meeting brought together practitioners and experts from across the Pacific, the United States, Australia and Uganda to share knowledge and strengthen understanding of current, transformational approaches to violence prevention and to develop principles to guide primary prevention work in the region.

NOVEMBER
Pacific Feminist Forum
This inaugural learning event brought together feminists, women human rights defenders and gender equality advocates from 13 Pacific countries. Further information is in the case study, page 41.

 

2017

FEBRUARY
CSO-Pacific Women consultation on planned Leadership Dialogue
Discussions focused on activities that involved engagement with civil society. It was agreed to convene a high-level dialogue between the PIFS Secretary General and women civil society leaders on improving pathways to addressing gender inequality at regional level in August 2017.

Australasian Aid Conference
Organised by the Development Policy Unit of the Australian National University and the Asia Foundation, the conference enabled the 500 participants to share insights, promote collaboration and promote research to improve the effectiveness of Australian aid and to contribute to better global development policy. Pacific Women presented on coalitions and partnerships exploring diverse approaches and understandings of coalitions and partnerships for advancing social justice in the Pacific.

Women’s Economic Empowerment Thematic Discussion Group 
Convened by Pacific Women, February marked the first meeting of this informal discussion group made up of Suva-based stakeholders in the women’s economic empowerment field to discuss key program initiatives and experiences. They agreed that that the forum was useful for building knowledge, learning and improved coordination and decided to continue to meet on a quarterly basis.

Men’s Behaviour Change Conference, Sydney Australia 
Pacific Women supported six participants from Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji to attend this conference. It brought together people from around Australia and the Pacific working on men’s behaviour change initiatives. Participants were exposed to a range of different options and approaches to male perpetrator programs.

APRIL
Papua New Guinea SASA! Adaptation workshop
This event contributed to the SASA! primary prevention community mobilisation model and materials being adapted for Papua New Guinea, through a consultative process led by the Family Sexual Violence Action Committee Advocacy and Communications Technical Working Group.

Roundtable Discussion: Review of Ending Violence Against Women Counselling Services in the Pacific
Following the publication of the Review of Ending Violence against Women Counselling Services in the Pacific, 34 Fiji-based stakeholders met to discuss the report’s recommendations. The group looked at priorities and next steps that could be taken in response to the findings. For further information about the review, refer to the case study on page 36.

MAY
Women’s Economic Empowerment Discussion Group
The meeting focused on women’s economic empowerment approaches in two programs – Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) and Oxfam’s poverty and inequality initiatives in Fiji and agreed to develop a learning event aimed at improved understanding and application of gendered value chain analysis.

JUNE
Fiji Individual Deprivation Measure Research Panel Discussion
Implemented by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics and the International Women’s Development Agency, the Individual Deprivation Measure Study is a gender-sensitive multi-dimensional measure of poverty. Fiji is the first Pacific country to trial this method that assesses individual deprivation rather than the current household-level poverty measurements. The panel discussion reviewed and discussed findings from the study and was facilitated by the Pacific Women Support Unit with representatives from the Fiji Bureau of Statistics, the International Women’s Development Agency and the University of the South Pacific.

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