What is the PHPC?
The regional Pacific Humanitarian Protection Cluster (PHPC) Support Team is a group of regional and international humanitarian organisations working together to assist Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) in preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies.
‘Clusters’ are groups designated by the global Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) covering the main sectors of humanitarian action,such as protection.
Friday 27 October 2017 (Fiji and Pacific Islands) – “Given the high rates of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the Pacific, the workshop delegates strongly urge Pacific governments to prioritize addressing gender based violence (GBV) at the very outset of an emergency response alongside other lifesaving priorities,” said Ms Shamima Ali, Coordinator of Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) and Secretariat of the Pacific Network Against Violence Against Women.
As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work.
Date: 17 January 2017
Men, women, boys and girls face different risks and have different priorities and needs in humanitarian settings. Pacific women are also subject to pre-existing and systemic inequalities, which impede their ability to survive and recover from disasters. These include high levels of gender-based violence, barriers to women’s meaningful representation in decision-making forums, formal and informal obstacles to women’s access to productive resources and information, and deficiencies in essential service provision for vulnerable groups.