23 May 2005

Vanuatu women's centre urges MPs to approve Family Protection Bill

7:13 am on 23 May 2005

The head of the Vanuatu Women's Centre says she's quietly confident parliamentarians will approve the Family Protection bill which is due to be tabled when parliament sits again today.

The bill, which has been waiting to be tabled since the mid-1990s,aims to provide avenues of protection for society's vulnerable.

Merelyn Tahi says one of the reasons why it has taken so long to be tabled is the lengthy consultation process throughout communities.

She says with the increased awareness of domestic abuse in Vanuatu, she doesn't foresee many members of parliament rejecting the bill

"Media reports have covered a lot of abuse against members of the family, including men and women and children and young people. So members of parliament being members of parliament, having that responsibility of certain communities or certain constituencies, I think that it would be in their interests also to protect the members of their constituencies."