THIS week marks the beginning of the international 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign.
Violence against women and girls is a gross violation of human rights. Women and girls all around the world are experiencing physical, sexual, emotional and economic abuse, often at the hands of their loved ones. Not only does it have a profound and devastating impact on women and girls, it constrains economic growth in every sector.
Australia is not free of violence against women – this is a shared challenge.
Australia and Solomon Islands stand side by side in committing to eradicate violence against women and children, to improving survivor’s safety and ensuring all women have access to services. The Family Protection Act is a critical piece of legislation that protects women and holds perpetrators accountable. No woman or child should experience violence, from anyone.
This year’s theme for the 16 Days of Activism is “FPA hemi protectim iumi everiwan”.
Australian High Commissioner Rod Brazier said Australia was pleased to support the development of the Family Protection Act (FPA), and it was fitting that Australia had agreed to assist the Solomon Islands Government to review the Act during this year’s 16 Days of Activism.
“This is the third time I have recognised the 16 Days of Activism in Solomon Islands,” he said.
“I am proud that every year I have stood side by side with Solomon Islands Prime Ministers, Ministers, senior public officials, business and church leaders, to publicly pledge that we are committed to standing up, and speaking out against violence.”