Over the past decade, together with our partners, we have made significant headway in the promotion and realisation of human rights in the Pacific. Recognising and taking advantage of key opportunities, providing information and training, creating a groundswell of opinion, or through mobilising for change, we have contributed significantly to;
Family Protection legislation in the region
Four Pacific Island countries passed Family Protection legislation to protect families especially women and girls from violence;
Tonga: Family Protection Act 2013
Kiribati: Family Peace Act 2014
Solomon Islands: Family Protection Act 2014
Tuvalu: Family Protection Act 2014
There is ongoing drafting works in PNG and Niue as well as implementation plans for Sols, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu.
USP Diploma in Leadership, Governance & Human Rights
The University of the South Pacific (USP), in partnership with the Regional Rights Resources Team of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) launched a new Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights in February 2013. The Diploma is scooping high enrolments since its launch;
- 649 enrolments over five subjects in the first two years, 130% increase in student numbers for the introductory course since its first offering in semester 1, 2013 (from 73 enrolments to 169), - 57.3% of enrolments are women
- 13 Pacific island countries represented in student enrolments (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu)
The Diploma aims to produce graduates who will be better able to provide leadership, communicate ideas, solve problems, analyse arguments, research new topics, and contribute to effective development in their communities and organisations.
Human Rights Reporting
To date, ten Pacific Island Countries have been supported by SPC RRRT together with other development partners to comply with the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review process.
SPC RRRT contributed to national capacity development and good governance through extensive training, mock exercises, general advice and related technical assistance around reporting.