Violence against Women - affects SDG goals

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation:

Monday, 15th August 2016

Violence against women is an issue that cuts across all areas of development and unless it is effectively addressed, ambitious frameworks such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be difficult to achieve for Pacific countries.

This was the message on Saturday at a meeting of Pacific practitioners in eliminating violence against women by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Osnat Lubrani at the Warwick Resort in Sigatoka.

Lubrani spoke of how achievements of the SDGs are intimately linked with the ability to bring down the high prevalence of violence against women in the Pacific.

Seema Naidu, the gender officer of that the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), relating the Pacific context of SDGs, said ending violence against women remained a commitment of Forum leaders through the Pacific Leaders’ Gender Equality declaration. Abigail Erikson, the Ending Violence against Women Programme Specialist at UN Women in Suva explained that SDGs were significant because they contained a specific commitment to gender equality.

The 7th Pacific Women’s Network against Violence against Women Meeting continues until this Friday.

Read story: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

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