In 2008, the Task Force on violence against women of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality commencted a joint pilot programming initiative in 10 countries including Burkina Faso and Rwanda in Africa, Jamaica in the Caribbean, Paraguay and Chile in Central America, Fiji in the Pacific, the Philippines in Asia, Jordan and Yemen in the Middle East, and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. The task force will assist States through supporting comprehensive national approaches against violence against women, for example in designing and implementing national action plans and other relevant programmes.
The first step in the pilot programming is to undertake a country assessment of violence against women. It is within this framework that this country assessment has been undertaken. The Fiji country assessment on VAW will emphasize the nature and extent of the following issues:
- The forms of violence that exist, who the victims and perpetrators are, and what the consequences entail;
- The relevant policies and laws that exist;
- The stakeholders involved and their respective capacities; challenges and gaps in addressing violence against women; and,
- The identification of priorities for interventions.
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