Social Protection and Violence against Women and Girls in the Indo Pacific region: Responding to COVID-19 (webinar)

Key issues and recommendations will be discussed during this month’s international webinar: “Social Protection and Violence against Women and Girls in the Indo Pacific region: Responding to COVID-19”.

Panelists and participants will explore the potential role of social protection to respond to the ‘shadow pandemic’ of violence against women and girls (VAWG) during COVID-19 in the Indo-Pacific with speakers:

  • Dr Amber Peterman, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Social Policy Consultant
  • Melissa Alvarado, Ending Violence against Women (EVAW) Regional Programme Manager at UN Women, Asia-Pacific Regional Office.
  • Nalini Singh, Executive Director, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement
  • Lara Quarterman, Independent Consultant (Social Protection and VAWG)

The discussion will be moderated by Julie-Ann Guivarra, Ambassador for Gender Equality, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and Sarah Goulding, Assistant Secretary, DFAT Education, Social Protection and Human Development Finance Branch.

The online event is being held from 1pm (UTC+10) on Tuesday 18 August. For more information and to register, visit:

The webinar will specifically look at intimate partner violence (IPV) and cash transfers, the most common social protection, and focus of research to date. It will present emerging evidence, practitioner perspectives, as well as examples of emerging practical innovations from programming, within the context of social protection approaches and experiences to address IPV.

It will seek to pinpoint key opportunities and actionable recommendations for actors working on social protection responses to COVID-19 in the Indo-Pacific region and at the intersection of long-term and emergency (humanitarian) situations.

To find out when the webinar will be live near you, please refer to the following timezones:

  • 1pm–2.30pm (UTC+10): Chuuk (Federated States of Micronesia); Guam; Goroka, Lae and Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea).
  • 2pm–3.30pm (UTC+11): Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia); Solomon Islands; Vanuatu; Arawa (Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea).
  • 3pm–4.30pm (UTC+12): Fiji; Nauru; Republic of the Marshall Islands; Tarawa (Kiribati); Tuvalu.
  • 4pm–5.30pm (UTC+13): Samoa; Tonga.

For more information, click here to refer to the full webinar concept note.

As detailed on the event webpage, this is the twenty-seventh in the “Social protection responses to COVID-19” webinar series. The series is supported by the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B), International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), GIZ GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Australia’s DFAT and other partners, in collaboration with the platform.