The Australian Government has outlined how it hopes to reduce violence against women in Melanesia and East Timor.
It follows an AusAID Office of Development Effectiveness report last year which found violence against women in Melanesia and East Timor is severe, pervasive and constrains development.
The Australian Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, says violence against women severely limits women's social, political and economic participation and puts significant strain on national economies.
He says addressing violence is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Australia's framework for action includes improving access to justice, enhancing women's access to their rights, greater community awareness and advocacy.
The education and promotion of women's leadership and empowerment will also be key.