Samoa is one of ten Pacific countries that stands to benefit from a multi-million tala financing agreement inked between the European Union, (EU) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
The funding worth EUR 13 million will tackle the root causes of the gender equality and violence against women and girls in the Pacific.
The other nine beneficiaries include; Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, The Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
In signing the agreement in the margins of the Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Apia this week, EU’s Ambassador to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs highlighted the Union’s commitment to jointly tackle gender equality in the Pacific Region.
Elaborated Jacobs in a press statement;
“Pacific Leaders have acknowledged that gender inequality is imposing a high personal, social and economic cost-the time to act is now.
“Together, we must work to enhance awareness and practice of respectful relationships to ensure equal opportunities in life for women, men, girls and boys and increase access to relevant services for women and girls who have suffered violence.”
PIF Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor acknowledged the EU’s recognition of tackling the root causes of gender inequality and violence against women and girls in the region.
And she commended the EU for supporting the 2012 Forum Leaders Gender Equality Declaration.
The project is co-financed through the 11th European Development Fund, (EUR 13 million), the Government of Australia (AUD$6.5 million) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women-USD$750,000.)