Kiribati

Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $26 million over 10 years (2012–2022) on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Kiribati. More information on the partnership and nature of support is included in the Pacific Women Kiribati Country Plan Summary. Details on activities currently underway in-country with various partners is available via our interactive map. The list of program partners can be found here. Kiribati is also supported by Pacific Women’s regional program, details of which can be viewed on the interactive map under regional activities.

Stories of Change


Privacy and quality services for survivors of violence

The Ending Sexual and Gender Based Violence (ESGBV) Policy and 10-year National Action Plan outline the Kiribati Government’s approach to ending violence against women. The ESGBV Taskforce has been established to bring service providers and stakeholders together to coordinate programs and activities. By working together, stakeholders are upscaling violence prevention and service delivery programs and activities to ensure that policy objectives and outcomes are achieved.

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Strong Leadership for the New Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre

Funded under the Australian aid program’s Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative, and with support from the Kiribati Family Health Association, the Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre is scheduled to open in early 2018. Its inaugural coordinator brings a wealth of experience to the job and ‘a goal to support women and children who are affected by violence.’

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Using the Law and Community Participation for Protection

Families in Kiribati are participating in UNICEF’s positive parenting program to promote homes, communities and schools that are free from violence, abuse and exploitation. Kiribati also now has one of the strongest legal frameworks to protect girls and boys with the passing of the Juvenile Justice Act in 2015.

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A Fair Legal Response to Violence Against Women on Remote Islands

Pacific Women is supporting the judiciary in Kiribati to reach out to some of the most remote communities in the country. The judiciary’s Enabling Rights project raises awareness both with lay magistrates and the broader community, on issues of procedural fairness in domestic violence cases and access to justice for women and children who have experienced violence.

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