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Guidance for a monitoring and evaluation framework for schoolbased Family Life Education in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islan

Guidance for a monitoring and evaluation framework for schoolbased Family Life Education in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu

Technical Reports and Document

Family life education (FLE) is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality and family formation. A well designed and implemented FLE program can prepare children and young people for healthy and responsible relationships throughout their lives. FLE also supports young people to develop good health, and safeguard their own and others’ sexual and reproductive health and rights.

There is increased attention and investment in FLE from national governments globally and in the Pacific region. Embedding a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework in a national FLE program supports the program to achieve maximum impact by tracking implementation quality and school-level outcomes, and assists policymakers and school leaders to tailor the program to evolving population health needs and other national priorities.

This guidance for a monitoring and evaluation framework for school based family life education (FLE) was commissioned by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and undertaken by the Burnet Institute under the Australian Government funded Transformative Agenda for Women, Adolescents and Youth in the Pacific programme. The content in this guidance is presented and shared as a basis for future collaborative discussion and adaptation with Ministries of Education representatives and other national stakeholders, to support the development of locally contextualised national monitoring and evaluation frameworks for FLE for the six programme countries.

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Sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence in Samoa: A review of policy and legislation

Sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence in Samoa: A review of policy and legislation

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The purpose of this study was to identify and analyse policies and legislation related to SRHR and GBV in Samoa. The study consisted primarily of a desk-based review, which examined national legislation, policies, peer reviewed literature, and other published reports relevant to SRHR and GBV in Samoa. Document search and retrieval occurred from July 2020 to July 2021. The second stage of the review involved a content analysis of the included documents. The analysis focused on key domains and corresponding indicators adapted from themes under SDG Indicator 5.6.2 and commitments under international frameworks and conventions, including those relevant to priority populations outlined in the CRPD and the CRC.

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Sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence in Tonga: A review of policy and legislation

Sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence in Tonga: A review of policy and legislation

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The purpose of this study was to identify and analyse policies and legislation related to SRHR and GBV in Tonga. The study consisted primarily of a desk-based review, which examined national legislation, policies, peer reviewed literature, and other published reports relevant to SRHR and GBV in Tonga. Document search and retrieval occurred from July 2020 to July 2021. The second stage of the review involved a content analysis of the included documents. The analysis focused on key domains and corresponding indicators adapted from themes under SDG Indicator 5.6.2 and commitments under international frameworks and conventions (such as the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action), and including those relevant to priority populations outlined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Needs assessment of people with disabilities in Samoa

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Women and young people with disabilities in Samoa experience a range of restrictions to accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV) services on an equal basis with others and to realizing their rights to SRH legal capacity, and freedom from violence. 

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Needs assessment of people with disabilities in Vanuatu

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Due to the limited implementation of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the national legal and policy frameworks on gender and disability rights, persons with disabilities living in Vanuatu experience extreme forms of marginalization and significant restrictions to their autonomy and self-determination. In particular, as this report reveals, they are prevented from fully realizing their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and their rights to legal capacity and to be free of gender-based violence (GBV).

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Needs assessment of people with disabilities in Fiji

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Women and young people with disabilities living in Fiji face significant barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. In particular, as this report reveals, they are prevented from fully realizing their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and their rights to legal capacity and to be free of gender-based violence (GBV).

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GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN THE PACIFIC REGION.

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What is Gender-Based Violence?
Gender-based violence is harm that happens to a person or a group of people because of their gender.

What is Sexual and Reproductive Health?
Sexual and reproductive health is health issues that have to do with your body, sex, relationships, and having and giving birth to children.11 This includes having the information you need to be able to make your own decisions about your body, when to have sex, and whether or not to become a parent.12 This also includes having access to family planning methods—or contraceptives— when you do not want to become pregnant.13
The acronym SRH is often used as a way to refer to sexual and reproductive health.

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SPEECH by Dr. Jennifer Butler, UNFPA Pacific Director & Representative

Declarations and Statement

Opening Remarks by

Dr. Jennifer Butler,

Director and Representative, UNFPA Pacific

 

Pacific Regional Sharing and Learning Meeting on Family Life Education Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Thursday, 7th October, 2021

 

 

[Salutations]

Minister for Women Youth & Social Affairs, Government of Kiribati; Honourable Martin Moreti

 

European Union Representative Mr. Silvio Lazzari,

 

Mr. Chris Golden, Director, Programmes and Operations IPPF Pacific

 

Senior government officials, Staff from Ministries/Departments of Education,

 

All the young people here and listening wherever you are

 

Civil society partners and our wonderful MC, Tura

 

Distinguished guests, and our valued regional partners across the Pacific. Mauri, Bula vinaka, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Iakwe (yuck-way), Gud morning. Warm Pasifika greetings to you all.

 

Almost one year ago, on the 3rd December 2020, we gathered in a similar setting to launch the International Technical and Programmatic Guidance on Out-of-School Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the Pacific. It was an exciting event.  And more importantly, it became the catalyst for changing the landscape of Comprehensive Sexuality Education/Family Life Education in the region. 

 

During this one-year journey, we have  seen heightened political interest, the establishment of CSE/FLE committees, an increase in dedicated human resources,  and the building of strategic partnerships with national level civil society partners to strengthen the operational environment for both in and out of school CSE/FLE.

 

  • Kiribati has significantly advanced building teacher competencies to deliver CSE/FLE according to international standards
  • Vanuatu and Samoa established new FLE multi-stakeholder committees.  
  • The Solomon Islands and Tonga have built strategic partnerships with civil society organisations to reach out of school young people,
  • And in Fiji, RMI and FSM Ministries and Departments of Education have demonstrated commitment, resilience and resolve in mobilizing support for CSE/FLE. 

 

The Pacific has worked with such agility and alacrity to ensure that two million young people have a future where they are empowered to make informed decisions regarding their sexuality and guaranteed well-being.

 

For that we applaud you.

 

As UNFPA, we are proud to be associated with this tremendous progress and believe that today’s meeting is only the start towards nurturing this momentum across the region.

 

We are also proud to be associated with the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls. The Spotlight Initiative has provided the financial and political impetus which is critical in amplifying investments in CSE in the region. They understood the power of prevention and youth empowerment, and you are all contributing to its articulation.  

 

And we will do all we can, with Governments, partners, young people and United Nations sister agencies to advocate for the inclusion of CSE as a key priority area for young people, and a significant component of achieving the demographic youth dividend across the Pacific in the development of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2023-2027.

 

Such longitudinal investments have changed the narrative on youth empowerment in the region.  Investment in CSE/FLE is about shifting systems, reshaping gendered social norms, youth empowerment, about ensuring rights and choices for all young people, and eliminating violence against women and girls.  It is not a time-bound project or programme. 

 

It is an absolute pleasure to see familiar faces here today.  It is important to use this time to reflect on what we have learned over the past year, where  and how we need to recalibrate, and what we need to amplify and replicate on our forward march, ensuring rights and choices for all young people across the Pacific, wherever they may be, whoever they may love, leaving no one behind.

 

On Monday 11th October, we will join the world in commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child under the theme “digital generation, our generation. I encourage you all to use this platform and explore the innovations that will help us all reach young people, especially adolescent girls, with CSE/FLE within the context of COVID19, and their evolving preference for digital platforms as sources of information.

 

UNFPA is grateful to work with all of you, and we are so appreciative of our partnerships with Governments across the region, with civil society and with the ICPD25 Youth Champions.  And we are so fortunate to work in close partnership with  IPPF SROP and Family Planning New South Wales (FPNSW).  We will continue to learn, to adapt, to advocate and to serve.

 

 

As I conclude, I must extend our deepest appreciation to the European Union for funding the Spotlight Initiative, as well as to DFAT (Australia) and MFAT (New Zealand) for their investment in sexual and reproductive health and rights, including Comprehensive Sexuality Education.

 

Vinaka vaka levu, malo aupito, tanku tumas, ko raba.

 

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UNFPA Publication on Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC)

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This is a collection of 18 good practices on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) documented and shared by UNFPA regional and country offices. Among the cases you will find here are for instance an excellent set of SSTC initiatives on the census. There is also an interesting case of determining the social returns of investment. Of course, there are many other cases in various areas of the UNFPA mandate.  

These good practices are the latest additions to the growing compendium of UNFPA documentation of SSTC initiatives.  Together, they are a reflection of the success of UNFPA’s instrumental role as facilitator of SSTC and of its capacity to leverage SSTC as a programme accelerator for results. They can also be used for advocacy, to inform programme design, and to find ideas for potential SSTC partners. The cumulative total of 63 documented SSTC practices can all be found in the South-South Galaxy, the UN system-wide SSTC platform. They are also linked to the UNFPA website for SSTC and the SSTC Community in myUNFPA. Please check them out and share them with your colleagues and partners. Equally important, please continue to document and share with us your SSTC success stories.  

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End of Programme Review Report on the Upscaling Jadelle Rollout Programme in Solomon Islands

Situation Report

This report presents findings from the End of Programme Review of the Upscaling Jadelle Rollout (UJR) Programme implemented by UNFPA Pacific Sub regional Office (PSRO) in Solomon Islands, covering a period between mid-2016 through the end of 2019. This programme was bilaterally funded by the DFAT post in Solomon Islands. The report provides detailed review of the programme, particularly with regards to effectiveness, impact (positive and negative, primary and secondary, medium to long-term, direct or indirect and intended or unintended) and sustainability of the programme. It highlights key results, challenges and lessons learned as well as makes recommendations when implementing similar programmes in the future. 

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