Symposium on family protection orders in the Pacific region

Event details

SSGM Event

Date & time

Thursday 09 December 2021
9am–5pm

Venue

ZOOM - ONLINE EVENT

Speaker

Various Speakers

Contacts

DPA

The Australian National University and the Pacific Community (SPC) invite you to attend an online symposium on family protection orders in the Pacific region on 9 December 2021.

Thirteen countries across the Pacific region now have legislation in place that allows for family protection orders (or other similar orders) to be issued to protect survivors of domestic violence. Some countries have had the legislation in place for over a decade and for others it is very new.

The purpose of the symposium is to share knowledge and experience on how well the orders are working, what the challenges are, and to agree on priorities for future action.

Please join us for this event which will include speakers representing more than ten Pacific Island countries, and from a range of sectors including justice professionals and practitioners, policymakers, civil society and academics.

This event is co-convened by the ANU and SPC, and is supported the Toksave Pacific Gender Resource.

View event schedule

View event booklet - for session sbtracts and speaker bios

The sessions were recorded and are now available on the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs YouTube Channel here.

A publication which captures the presentations is forthcoming and will be available later in 2022.

Session Recordings

Click the links below to view recordings of the individual sessions.

Session 1 - Opening Remarks

  • Housekeeping and overview - Mr William Nainima, Adviser, Human Rights and Social Development, Pacific Community & Dr Judy Putt, Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
  • Prayer - Ms Julieanne Wickham, Officer, Human Rights and Social Development, Pacific Community
  • Welcome - Professor Nicole Haley, Head, Pacific Research Program, Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
  • Opening remarks on behalf of the ‘Regional Working Group on the Implementation of Family Protection/Domestic Violence Legislation’ - Ms Moliei Vaai, CEO, Ministry of Justice and Court Administration, Samoa and Chair of the ‘Regional Working Group on the Implementation of Family Protection/Domestic Violence Legislation’

Session 2 - Regional Overview of Legislation Relating to FPOs

  • Ms Neomai Maravuakula, Team Leader, Governance & Institutional Strengthening, Human Rights and Social Development Division, Pacific Community

Session 3 - Pacific Courts Annual Reporting on the Implementation of Family Protection Acts

  • Ms Cate Sumner, Adviser, Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative (session chair)
  • The Hon. Honora E. Remengesau Rudimch, Associate Justice, Trial Division, Supreme Court of Palau
  • Senior Magistrate ‘Elisapeti Makoni Langi, Tonga

Session 4 - Patriarchal Norms and FPOs in Tonga | Accessing FPOs in the Pacific: Gaps and Challenges

  • Ms ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Director, Women and Children Crisis Centre, Tonga
  • Ms Stephanie Dunn, Legal and Advocacy Officer, Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre

Session 5 - Cook Islands: Successes and Challenges | Gaps and Future Priorities: Samoa Case Study

  • Ms Catherine Evans, Lawyer and Patron, Punanga Tauturu Inc (Women’s Counselling Centre), Cook Islands
  • Ms Johanna Gusman, Human Rights and Social Inclusion Advisor, Pacific Community

Session 6 - Family Protection Orders: The Vanuatu Experience - 2008 to Date

  • Ms Tatavola Matas, Coordinator, Vanuatu Women’s Centre
  • Inspector Lily Joel, Officer in Charge, Family Protection Unit, Vanuatu Police Force
  • Ms Polly Walker-Dorras, Senior Project Officer, Vanuatu Australia Police and Justice Program

Session 7 - More than Words on Paper: The Reality of FPOs in PNG, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste

  • Ms Tracey Newbury, Senior Program Manager, International Women’s Development Agency (session chair)
  • Ms Luania Kirori, Eastern Highlands Family Voice, Papua New Guinea
  • Ms Olinda Cardoso, Program Manager, Asisténsia Legál ba Feto no Labarik (ALFeLa), Timor Leste
  • Ms Kiungui-Kepa Be’Soer, Legal Officer, Voice for Change, PNG

Session 8 - Tuvalu Family Protection and Domestic Violence Act: Challenges with FPOs

  • Ms Lisepa Paeniu, Crown Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Tuvalu

Session 9 - Fiji’s Experience with Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

  • Ms Mele Rakai, Barrister and Solicitor, Sherani & Co, Fiji (session chair)
  • Ms Radhika Naidu, Head of Litigation, Reddy Law, Fiji
  • Ms Swastika Narayan, Principal, Swastika Legal, Fiji

Session 10 - Implementing the Family Protection Act: The Solomon Islands Experience

  • Ms Vaela Ngai, Director, Women’s Development Division, Ministry for Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA), Solomon Islands
  • Ms Ruby Awa, Former Programme Manager, Access to Justice Project, RRRT, SPC
  • Ms Koisau Sade, Senior Policy Officer, Women’s Development Division, MWYCFA, Solomon Islands

Session 11 - Perpetrator/Men’s Behaviour Change Programming | FPOs in PNG: Research Findings

  • Mr Tevita Seruilumi, Family and Sexual Violence & Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion Adviser, JSS4D, PNG
  • Dr Judy Putt, Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University

Session 12 - Concluding Remarks

  • Dr Fiona Hukula, Gender Specialist, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
  • Mr Miles Young, Director, Human Rights and Social Development Division, Pacific Community

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