(ACNS) Violence against women in Pacific undermines region, says aid agency

Levels of violence against women in parts of the Pacific are “horrific” and must be addressed if development is to have any chance in the Pacific region, said an Australian aid agency head today. Speaking from the Solomon Islands, CEO of Anglicord Misha Coleman said that over 60% of women in Solomon Islands report some kind of violence by an intimate partner.

“Over half of the women in the Solomon Islands have been forced into sex against their will,” she said.

Ms Coleman, responding to a campaign released yesterday by Amnesty International, “Change the Lights on Women’s Rights”, said that women in many parts of the Pacific were especially vulnerable to gender based violence because few of the countries had effective laws specifically to tackle it, and those countries which do have legislation to prevent domestic violence don’t necessarily enforce them.

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