Monday, 14 December 2009 7:30 AM

Australia Congratulates Government on Work to end Violence against Women

Australia commends the Solomon Islands Government for their commitment to addressing violence against women in Solomon Islands.

Deputy Prime Minister Fred Fono on Thursday launched the Solomon Islands Family Health and Safety Study, a Study on Violence Against Women and Children.

The report provides strong evidence and a comprehensive set of recommendations to help the Solomon Islands Government respond to violence against women.

"Violence is a serious issue, affecting the lives of women around the world, including in Australia. It limits women's ability to fully participate in society, and negatively affects their families and communities," Kamal Azmi, Counsellor Development Cooperation, Australian High Commission said.

Australia has a policy of zero tolerance for violence against women. The Australian Government is committed to tackling this issue in Australia, by developing a National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women, as well as helping our region and the rest of the world.

The study was conducted by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Women, Youth and Children Affairs with the National Statistics Office. The research was undertaken with the support of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and funding from the United Nations Population Fund and Australia.