A report launched at the Pacific Conference on Ending Violence Against Children noted that about 57 per cent of women in the South Pacific countries surveyed have been violently harmed by their partners.
"And that 75 per cent of adolescent boys surveyed in three Pacific countries think it is OK to beat your wife," a statement from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) noted.
"Violence extends to the classroom as well, with teachers in seven out of 16 Pacific countries allowed to hit children."
Hosted at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Nadi, the conference is also being attended by Marta Santos Pais, special representative to the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children.
"This conference is timely given that you can reflect how to better address violence against children, share lessons and bring to an end all forms that compromise children's development," she told participants.
NADI, FIJI: MONDAY 18 MAY 2015: Politicians, policy-makers and advocates from the Pacific region have rallied behind the United Nations Child Fund’s call to end violence against children. This has been the overwhelming response on the first day of the UNICEF Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) Conference held in Nadi from 18-20 May.
Fiji’s President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, delivered the opening address and said that children of the Pacific cannot wait to be free from violence, and strategies must ensure collaboration and commitment from leadership at all levels of society.
“Child protection requires an integrated approach. No one sector can work in isolation. All limitations can be overcome when we work in partnership, by pooling knowledge, expertise and resources we are better able to come up with sustainable solutions,” said Fiji’s President.
The United Nations says Pacific leaders are showing they are committed to ending high rates of violence against children in the region.
This week, UNICEF is hosting a three-day conference in Fiji to bring policy makers, civil society groups and government leaders from 14 Pacific countries together to come up with solutions to what it calls an "alarming" problem.
The Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais says the high levels of violence against children can be prevented.
"Through strong information and awareness raising campaigns, through investment in the way the topic is addressed within schools, the way that we encourage the sharing of responsibilities between men and women, boys and girls, all of that helps to change social norms."
SRSG outlines four priority goals to End Violence against Children in opening remarks at the Pacific Islands End Violence Against Children Conference - Fiji
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais opened the Pacific Islands End Violence Against Children Conference in Nadi, Fiji outlining an agenda to reverse a global, widespread, hidden and in many cases socially condoned violence against children pattern.
"Violence against children is not inevitable. Indeed, all violence against children can be effectively prevented!" said the SRSG.
2015 International Day of Families Theme – “Men in Charge?” - Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Families
The theme of this year’s International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” – highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families. Around the world, more women are becoming recognized as the equal partners and decisionmakers in families that they should be, thus helping to ensure a conducive environment for the full and harmonious development of children. Yet in too many countries, discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, and prevailing social norms often condone and justify many discriminatory practices.
SRSG Santos Pais calls for action to fight impunity around violence against children in the Mercosur region
Brasilia, 13 May 2015 - In the year in which Brazil commemorates the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the Statute of Children and Adolescents, a meeting of the Permanent Commission of the initiative “NiñoSur” of MERCOSUR was held on the 7th and 8th of May in Brasilia (XXVI RAADH Meeting). The meeting focused on the follow-up to the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children and the South American Roadmap for the prevention of violence against children, adopted in Asunción, Paraguay, in 2011.
Discriminated and made vulnerable: Young LGBT and intersex people need recognition and protection of their rights - For International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (Sunday 17 May)
13 May 2015 –Speaking ahead of the International Dayagainst Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, a group of United Nations and international human rights experts* call for an end to discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people and children.
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, a group of UN human rights experts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe urge Governments worldwide to protect these young people and children from violence and discrimination, and to integrate their views on policies and laws that affect their rights.
"Child-friendly justice – perspectives and experiences of professionals" - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Report
This report summarises the findings of studies conducted by the African Child Policy forum (ACPF) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Morocco, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and incorporates information from a wide variety of other sources. ACPF acknowledges with gratitude all individuals and organisations that participated in this project and whose own research made a contribution, particularly those children whose views helped inform the report.