New COVID-19 video animations about the safety of women and children

In a first for the Pacific, several country-specific video animations are available about the safety of women and children in their homes during the current COVID-19 pandemic response.

The animations address domestic and family violence which typically increases during times of crisis such as COVID-19.

Five versions of the ‘Staying Safe at Home’ video animation have been produced, adapted or translated for different national and regional audiences.

For each country’s animation, a government ministry or civil society partner has taken a lead role in developing its animation, supported by Australia through the Support Unit of Pacific Women in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC).

The five video animations are for: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Chuuk Women’s Council’s new Tongen Inepwineu Counselling Center (TICC); Nauru with the Ewak n Erateko Safe House and Ministry of Home Affairs; Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI) Weto in Mour domestic violence program; Tuvalu with the Gender Affairs Division and Social Welfare Department; and a Pacific regional animation.

These partners have ensured each video animation is specific to each country and its people, such how local people dress, talk and the phone helplines they use.

While the full set of five animations was launched from 14 December, national launches were previously held in each of the four countries over the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The 16 Days of Activism is a global campaign starting on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence, and ending 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The Pacific has some of the highest recorded rates of violence against women and girls globally, with almost 2 out of 3 women who have been subjected to physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, almost double the global average.

The video animations are available online:

For more information, contact the Support Unit of Pacific Women: information@pacificwomen.org.fj