Tonga

Support Officer Kim Bloomfield will travel to Tonga 12th – 16th  March to conduct some CMIS database training with a new member of the Tongan DV unit.

Samoa

Support Officer Kim Bloomfield will travel to Samoa 26th – Feb – 2nd March to conduct some CMIS database training with a new member of the Samoa DV unit.

CMIS database

Support Officer Kim Bloomfield will travel to Sydney 13th – 16th to meeting with Jade Investigation regarding the phase 2 of the PPDVP CMIS database

PPDVP – YouTube uploads

We have uploaded some of  the video productions used in Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands to promote the message “Break the Silence – End the Violence” up to YouTube.com.

In time we will also add some of the highlights of the trips in country by the rugby and other sports codes.

Links to the videos are at:

Samoa

Tonga

Cook Islands

Also check out the UNWomen YouTube channel, which promotes the UN UNiTE campaign – they have some great uploads and a wealth of links and resources.

 

 

 

Samoa DV Unit Newsletter 2011

Samoa Police – Superintendent Sina Tafua and her team on the Domestic Violence Unit – have published the 2011 edition of their newsletter.

Samoa Police DV News 2011

It contains stories and photos from White Ribbon Day 2011, Gender in local government training in Samoa, updates on various NGO activities, and other stories on healthy marriage, Family Counselling and recent Women in Policing workshop in Queenland.

A great mix of news, photos and information.

PPDVP Newsletter December 2011 – “Our Journey”

The latest PPDVP Newsletter has been published. It features the Regional Conference in late 2010; country wrap ups; White Ribbon Day activities; and updates on the current and future activities of PPDVP.

PPDVP Newsletter December 2011

The next poublication will be in early 2012 and it will focus on the next stages of the programme – PPDVP II.

White Ribbon Day 2011 – The Outcomes!!

White Ribbon Day on the 25th is a chance for police to speak out against violence against women.  As the results of the activities in the countries come to our notice, we will update the Honours Board on this web page.

It seems that the planned activities are many and varied.  We know of plans for a school poetry competion in Tonga; a debate with the principals of the secondary schools in Tonga on the theme of violence; a “Best Couples Pageant” in Samoa; Nauru Police staff wearing baseball caps with the White Ribbon logo; fund raising for victims to apply for protection orders through the sale of T-shirts and White Ribbon baseball caps in Rarotonga, and a workshop on S&GBV awareness in Vanuatu led by the RRRT and the police.

Many countries will also have parades including police bands, speeches, gatherings, breakfasts, and similar joint activities.

2011 Honours Board of Activities –

23 November – Tonga  – school DV poetry competition – described as a “stunning success – everyone was so proud”

Tonga WR Day banner at school

23 November 2011 – Nauru – Police Commissioner authorises all staff to wear White Ribbon Day – Nauru caps on duty for White Ribbon Day 2011

24 November – Kiribati – This report from the Police DV unit team leader – Inspector Titan – “a big march of people wearing black followed by the police brass band, men from Marine Training Centre, Fisheries Training Centre, Police Recruits and everyone wearing black march from the Australian High Commission at Bairiki down to the end of the causeway at Bairiki and back to the stadium.   I gave a report on CMIS and there is an acknowledgement to the PPDVP and NZ Police for their funds on the caps.   I brought my pathfinders from my church and they are the ones that sing the candle and the stadium was blacked out except the candles that were being lit.

25th November – Tonga – Prime Minister and Cabinet postpone their planned Cabinet Meeting to attend White Ribbon Day activities.

 

 

Samoa – White Ribbon Day planning for 2011

Police and NGO’s parade together

White Ribbon Day in Samoa in 2010 was a great success. In 2011 they are again working with other agencies in a range of activities, but with a strong local theme.

In 2010 the Prime Minister spoke strongly of the need for everyone to take responsibility for dealing with family violence and he extolled the leaders in the community to take up the call.

About 300 people marched to the Government building, representing police, local rugby players, schools, NGO’s and government departments.

PPDVP looks forward to seeing the results of all the hard work again this year.

These photos are from the 2010 activities

On the march

Banner on clock tower

Banner at police station

Members of the parade

Link to all photos on Picasa web albums

White Ribbon Day Media Release

The PPDVP is supporting local police in all PICP member countries for White Ribbon Day on 25th November 2011. 

A media release from the PPDVP Programme Manager – Cam Ronald – is available at

PPDVP White Ribbon Day 2011 Media Release

World Bank Development Report 2012 – Gender and equity

The annual World Bank Development Report for 2012 will focus on gender and equality and the role of women in the economy and in development.  The following is from their web site, and there are links in this page.

Gender Equality and the 2012 World Development Report

Submitted by Justin Yifu Lin on Tue, 2011-03-08 10:19

Equality between men and women matters for development, which is why the 2012 World Development Report  (WDR) will focus on this vital topic. Since the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day is March 8, we thought it an auspicious day to launch the WDR 2012 website.

Gender was chosen as the focus for next year’s WDR in part because gender equality can lead to better development outcomes and because, as Amartya Sen  asserted, development is a process of expanding freedoms equally for all individuals. This view assumes that gender equality is a core goal in and of itself and that people’s welfare shouldn’t be determined by their birthplace or whether or not they were born male or female. 

The 2012 WDR will analyze the wide swath of literature on gender and development and it will highlight the impressive progress in gender indicators on many fronts. However, it will also reveal that in many domains—whether in the realms of power and decision making or maternal health – outcomes for women have improved very slowly or not at all.

To successfully reduce poverty, we must have an accurate sense of the differences in the status of women and men in key areas, including population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty.   In addition to updating our knowledge in these key areas, the team working on the report will also look at the interplay of households, markets, and institutions and how they determine the prospects of men and women. Using this analysis, they will provide guidance as to how governments might go about choosing and designing policies that will promote better gender outcomes.

The WDR 2012 will break new ground by drawing from a rich array of new research, including a multi-country qualitative study of gender and economic choices, which provides a first-hand sense of how men and women “do gender” in their everyday lives and how their roles are changing. The effort encompasses field research in 19 countries in six developing regions, with 500 focus groups in 98 communities. More than 100 local researchers talked with 4,000 individuals of all ages, locations, income levels, ethnicities and religions.

Check out the new WDR 2012 website – the cause of gender equality is a worthy one.

After all, as Mao said, women hold up half the sky.

 

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