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Spotlight Initiative Regional Pacific Programme launched

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 14/10/2020

The United Nations and the European Union (EU) launched a multi-year partnership – the Spotlight Initiative Regional Pacific Programme focused on amplifying efforts to end violence against women and girls.

This Spotlight Initiative will focus on addressing Domestic Violence working in partnership with key regional institutions and diverse partners to address: legislative and policy gaps; strengthening institutions; promoting gender-equitable attitudes; strengthening systems of collecting data on violence against women and girls; and supporting civil society and coalitions in advocacy.

During the launch, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, Ms. Amina Mohammed said that the Spotlight Initiative is their approach to tackle one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today.

Amina added that through the Spotlight Initiative, they are calling together everyone to ensure women and girls can live a life free of violence and to work hand-in-hand with everyone, from world leaders to the grassroots, government, civil society, the private sector, development partners, men and boys, women and girls to get involved.

Meanwhile between 25 to 68 per cent of women in Pacific Island Countries reported experiencing physical and sexual violence by an intimate partner since age 15 significantly in the Melanesian countries such as the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Marshall Islands.

However, this Spotlight Pacific Regional Initiative builds on existing commitments across 16 Pacific Island countries including Tonga as a panel discussion took place that included a civil society representative from Tonga.

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