12 Mar 2012

UN official assessing violence against women in Solomon Islands

9:26 am on 12 March 2012

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, is visiting Solomon Islands this week at the invitation of the government to assess the country's efforts to address the issue.

Ms. Manjoo's role is to look at the causes and consequences of gender based violence.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth is Ethel Sigimanu says she will meet with government ministers, including the Prime Minister, civil society, development partners and others, in a four day stay.

Ms Sigimanu says Solomon Islands has made significant progress in implementing legislation and programmes to overcome gender violence and feedback from the Rapporteur on those moves will be welcomed.

"She will then make recommendations on her findings and that will be used, I think, through the international periodic review process, in terms of what Solomon Islands, as a member of the UN, should be doing."