Nofoali’i village hosts seminar on gender based violence

Dec 1, 2016

Participants at the awareness session on violence. Photo credit: UNDP/E.Adams/2016.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) office for Pacific Island Countries in partnership with UN Women and One UN family hosted a community Gender Based Violence Seminar on Sunday, 27th November, 2016, to mark the beginning of 16 Days of Activism to raise awareness on violence against women and children in Samoa. The event was held at Nofoali’i EFKS Hall from 6pm – 8pm.

The objective of the 16 Days of Activism is to create better understanding of gender based violence in communities and to learn about this issue in an open and understanding forum. Among the presenters are the Ministry of Police, Ministry of Women Community and Social Development, and Samoa Red Cross Society who shared relevant pieces of legislations, policy and surveys conducted in Samoa to increase the understanding of issues relating to GBV. 

Guest speakers and survivors of violence were also invited to speak on the issue and shared their stories with the communities. 

The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Lizbeth Cullity delivered the opening remarks, encouraging young people to develop and nurture healthy and respectful relationships. “Men, women, and children are all affected by violence and thus all need to be involved in learning to stop it. Community action in Samoa is what will make change happen. Each village have the means to contribute to ending violence against women and girls.” 

Hon. Ili Setefano Ta’ateo, Member of Parliament for Aana No.2 District, delivered the keynote address and acknowledging the support of One UN Family and for selecting his district to host the seminar marking the beginning of 16 Days of Activism.

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