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While remarkable progress has been achieved during the past decade protecting the health and rights of women and adolescent girls in humanitar- ian settings, the growth in need has outstripped the growth in funding and services. Yet, these services are of critical importance, especially for very young adolescent girls, who are the most vulnerable and least able to confront the many challenges they face, even in stable times.
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The health and welfare of our families is central to the growth expectations of our country. The outcomes emanating from this report on the Family Health and Safety Study challenge our growth path and the core of the Cook Islands family and cultural practices that hinder the healthy growth of our families.

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On 29 June, 2015, the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) held an open Hearing on ‘Engaging Boys and Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs)’.
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National Research Project onViolence Against Women in Palau October 2014 Belau Family Health and Safety Study Executive Summary The Belau Family Health and Safety Study (FHSS) aimed at obtaining reliable data on the prevalence and types of violence against women (VAW) in Palau. The study also sought to document the associations between partner violence and health issues and other outcomes, as well as to identify risk and protective factors for partner violence. The Ministry of Health carried out the study with financial support from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and financial and technical support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

 

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According to the World Risk Index 2014, the Pacific has four (Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea) of the top ten countries at greatest risk. Vanuatu is at the top of the list. In previous years, Fiji was also included among the top ten.
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Responding to Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence against Women and Girls

 

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his Family Health and Safety Study (FHSS) was initiated through the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Ministry of Internal Affairs and conducted by Women United Together
Marshall Islands (WUTMI). Though not the first study on family violence in the country, it is the most comprehensive.
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All individuals and couples should have free access to information as well as family planning (FP) services as they wish and require. Family planning allows family and individuals to achieve their desired number of children and helps them determine the spacing of pregnancies between each other. Thus using appropriate quality contraceptive methods and providing treatment of
infertility will be the key factor to achieving family planning
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Violence against women (VAW) is defined by the UN as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private
life.”
1 Such violence is not limited to a specific culture, country, region, or to particular groups within a society. VAW affects all societies, including the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). It not only has a direct impact on women who experience violence, but it also affects their families and community at large. Consequently, VAW also reinforces other forms of violence prevalent in society.
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   Many couples want to avoid pregnancy and  childbearing during crisis situations, but lack the means to do so UNFPA ships male and female condoms and other family planning supplies to affected areas within the first hours of an emergency The specific hygiene needs of women and girls are too often overlooked in emergencies. To help women and girls maintain their health and dignity, UNFPA distributes ‘dignity kits’ in disaster- and conflict-affected communities.
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