As societies and economies are placed under strain, rates of violence against women, girls and LGBTQI persons continue to rise, as do associated mental health and psychosocial issues among these groups. Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) have limited resources and services to address these issues, further limited by their need to redirect resourcing to pandemic response and recovery. Existing social services, including those provided by civil society organisations (CSOs), are stretched, and outer islands face a near complete lack of support services. State of emergency regulations, including curfews, physical distancing and lockdowns.
The results we are striving for are: