Help keep women and girls safe and support them in rebuilding their families

On Saturday 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by the strongest cyclone ever recorded

in the Southern Hemisphere. Wind gusts of over 300kmph flattened villages,

destroyed crops and damaged critical infrastructure. Around 98% of the population

has been affected, the majority of whom are women and children.

 

The women of Fiji already faced rates of violence double the global average and the

aftermath of the cyclone puts women at an even greater risk of sexual or

physical assault, even as they work to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

 

Women in Fiji need somewhere to turn if they experience violence and support

in rebuilding their livelihoods

 

UN Women is providing organisations with the funds and technical support they

need to continue offering essential services to the women and girls of Fiji, while

also working with local partners to create temporary market spaces that give

women opportunities to sell their produce and access essential information about

relief and protection services.

 

This year UN Women NCANZ will be seeking donations to end violence against

women and girls in the Pacific.  All donations given at the many International

Women's Day events around Aotearoa New Zealand over the next few weeks

will support the UN Women Fiji Cyclone Appeal.

 

UN Women will coordinate and monitor funding which will go to local womens' 

groups in Fiji to:

  • maintain and increase crisis support and counselling
  • support temporary market spaces to provide women with an opportunity

          to earn an income and access information on essential services.

 

Your tax-deductible contribution will support UN Women’s emergency relief

and recovery efforts in Fiji, to protect the most vulnerable women and girls.

 

If you are not able to attend an International Women's Day event, please

consider making a donation, identifying that it is for the Fiji Cyclone Appeal.

 

UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand is a registered charity with

the NZ Charities Commission (registration CC40606), making all donations tax

refundable.

There are plenty of ways you can be involved: