Violence Still Prolific in the Pacific

August 6, 2015

The Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Forum 2015 was hosted in Fiji and brought together Pacific Parliamentarians from 15 jurisdictions to discuss gender-based violence.

The experience of violence is all too common for women in the Pacific, with the majority of women being affected at some point in their lives. Violence is so prolific in the Pacific that is has been described as an “epidemic”. While Governments have responded with measures such as the Family Protection Act, more must be done to change the culture that prevents women from reporting violence and enables men to perpetuate violence without legal or social consequences.

IWDA’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women program works with partners across the Pacific, including Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to be leaders in actively addressing violence against women.

See the full outcome statement here