Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:59 PM

SPC Staff Support Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women

To mark the International Day of Violence Against Women, staff of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community express their ideas on the subject.

Do you know that 66% of women in Fiji, 68% in Kiribati, 67% in Papua New Guinea, 46% in Samoa, and 64% in Solomon Islands have suffered violence according to studies carried out by their governments and development partners including SPC. Violence against women and girls has far-reaching impacts on society, undermining development efforts and costing Pacific Island economies millions of dollars. SPC supports Pacific Island country and territories to act against sexual and gender-based violence, including through law change. These efforts are beginning to show results in countries such as Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu. SPC also serves as a member of the Forum Reference Group to Address Sexual and Gender Based Violence, a policy advocacy group mandated by Pacific Forum Leaders to visit member countries and urge reforms in policy, legislation and service delivery to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence and improve support for survivors.

To watch the video, follow the link below to the SPC website which provides the direct link to the video.

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