With the support of the Spotlight Initiative, the University of Melbourne, UNFPA Pacific Regional Office and SPC are working to improve data for measurement of violence against women and children in the Pacific countries of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Republic of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia.

The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), focusing on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG). The initiative places SDG 5 at the center of efforts (as well as SDG 16) with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Spotlight provides a model for partnership with donors, civil society, and all UN partners, to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise.

The Spotlight initiative in the Pacific focuses on Intimate partner (physical, sexual and emotional) violence (IPV) to address the continuum of gender-based violence in the Pacific region. The Initiative aims at improving access to services, particularly for those most left behind and will build upon existing programmes, both at the country and regional level.

The Spotlight Pacific Regional Initiative builds on existing Pacific Islands Forum commitments as well as country specific commitments in Fiji, Republic of Marshal Islands and Solomon Islands to ending domestic and intimate partner violence. The programme focus on understanding the cost of violence through research, and improved planning and budget allocations to address violence and supporting CSO to advocating to governments to increase funding based on evidence and increasing the quality and availability of administrative data.

Development of the kNOwVAWdata Pacific website has been funded under the Spotlight Initiative. When completed, this site will include resources for measurement of violence against women with a Pacific focus and links to Pacific reports on violence against women.

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