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A Silent Crime: Violence Against Women in Melanesia

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The transition from subsistence to a cash economy is pushing Melanesian women into the workforce. The issue is not just about what is gained and what is lost but about challenging the discriminatory practices that suppress women from exercising their human rights.  Violence Against Women (VAW) is a silent crime that is both a symptom and a cause of gender inequality and discrimination. Ending VAW both at home and at work is fundamental to women’s economic participation and to the wellbeing of communities worldwide.

Just how serious is the issue of Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands?


VAW 8 March 2013

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