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Solomon Star: Top UN official visiting here

Solomon Star: Top UN official visiting here
20/05/2015

Appointed Special Representative of the United Nation’s General Secretary on Violence Against Children (SRSG), Marta Santo Pais will be visiting the country this week.

She will be here for two days from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22.

The purpose of her visit is to advocate and support the national government and its partners to achieve full action on ending violence against children.

While here Pais will meet Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, UN agencies in the country, Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, other relevant line ministries including Police and the Youth@Work project.

Since taking up her appointment, Marta promotes the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in the justice setting, in homes, in institutional cares, in schools, in workplaces and in communities.

She acts as a bridge builder in all regions across sectors and settings where violence against children occurs.

Audio - Radio New Zealand: Interview with SRSG Santos Pais

20/05/2015

"Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence"

Originally aired on Dateline Pacific, Wednesday 20 May 2015

The United Nations says Pacific leaders are showing a strong commitment to ending high rates of violence against children in the region.

Link to Radio Interview

Radio New Zealand: "Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence". Interview with SRSG Marta Santos Pais

Radio New Zealand: Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence.
20/05/2015

Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence

Updated at 5:04 am on 20 May 2015

Originally aired on Dateline Pacific, Wednesday 20 May 2015

The United Nations says Pacific leaders are showing a strong commitment to ending high rates of violence against children in the region.

UNICEF Report: Harmful Connections: Examining the relationship between violence against women and violence against children in the South Pacific

18/05/2015

This report is the result of an extensive desk review of existing data sources on violence against women and children in the Pacific. 

This publication also acknowledges the courageous testimony of the women who took part in the VAW prevalence research and the research teams that completed the studies. 

Government of Samoa: Ending Violence against Children a Pacific Priority

Government of Samoa: Ending Violence against Children a Pacific Priority
19/05/2015

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.

Yahoo New Zealand: Conference aims to end violence against children in Pacific

Conference aims to end violence against children in Pacific
18/05/2015

A three-day conference on ending violence against children in the Pacific starts today in Nadi, Fiji.

Hosted by UNICEF Pacific, the conference will bring together representatives from 15 Pacific Island Countries, including senior government officials, practitioners and child protection experts, as well as the Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Violence Against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais.

"The conference aims to bring greater attention to the widespread problem of violence within the Pacific region," said UNICEF New Zealand's International Advocacy Manager, Sarah Morris.

"Pacific-focused data shows us that high percentages of children have experienced physical and/or psychological aggression in the home - Fiji 72%, Kiribati 81%, Solomon Islands 72% and Vanuatu 78%.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation: U.N’s SPECIAL REP TO VISIT SOLOMONS NEXT WEEK

U.N’s SPECIAL REP TO VISIT SOLOMONS NEXT WEEK
16/05/2015

The Special representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais will visit Solomon Islands as her first Pacific tour next week.

The purpose of her visit is to advocate for and support the Solomon Islands Government and its partners to accelerate the progress in ending violence against children.

Ms Pais will be here from Wednesday to Friday next week.

Marta Santos Pais was appointed as Special Representative of the UNSG on Violence against Children in May, 2009.

As a high level global independent advocate, she promotes the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in the justice setting.

She also acts as bridge builder in all regions and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur.

During her Solomon Islands visit next week she will meet with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast.

The Fiji Times Online: Violence report

20/05/2015

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.

Talamua On-line: Ending Violence against Children a Pacific Priority

Talamua On-line: Ending Violence against Children a Pacific Priority
17/05/2015

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.

Radio New Zealand International: Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence

Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence
19/05/2015

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."