Domestic violence and violence against women are a scourge on our nations and the region and a violation to their human rights. While the enactment of domestic violence legislation is a big achievement for the region, more needs to be done to address the root causes of domestic violence. In our region, this must begin with having conversations at the family, village, community, districts and national level about domestic and sexual based violence.
Taking this into account, and the need to also have conversation at the sub regional level, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat will convene an important and inaugural gathering of Ministers for Women/Children/Social Welfare and senior officials in the MSG Subregion. This conference is the beginning for a stronger sub-regional goal of eliminating Domestic Violence and Sexual and Gender-based Violence in our sub-region.
The workshop aims to:
- Map out strategies on the way forward for addressing domestic violence and gender-based violence in the MSG Region
- Produce an outcome statement that may be a tool for Ministers as they engage in international spaces such as the Commission on the Status of Women and the regional consultations such as the PIFS leaders meeting
- Create a sub-regional forum to address gender and domestic violence with the goal of having this issue on the MSG Governance Agenda as well as part of its core activities
Partners: Pacific Community’s (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) and the Pacific Island Development Forum