Violence against women and girls in Pacific countries is among the highest in the world, with evidence showing that as many as two in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.

UN Women integrates a bottom-up and top-down approach to maximise transformative change to make communities safer, create long-lasting community-owned solutions and changes to attitudes and behaviours, for good. New laws — facilitated by UN Women’s technical assistance and coordinated campaigns — are providing increased safety for women, providing additional support through the judicial system, and, governments are increasingly supporting services to keep survivors safe.

During 2013 and 2014, UN Women supported Papua New Guinea as it passed its Family Protection Act, criminalizing domestic violence for the first time in the country’s history.

In 2014, four more countries in the region – Federated States of Micronesia (one state only), Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu – passed important new legislation covering violence against women. UN Women provided support to the governments of Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu as they formulated their legislation. This involved helping to build political will for change, technical and financial support – including providing inputs to draft legislation and providing evidence-based policy advice – supporting public consultations in Kiribati and contributing to the Law Reform Task force in Solomon Islands.