Dear Editor,

As a student, I would like to underline the collective report on violence against women and girls in Vanuatu.

Violence is a major issue that most women and girls face. Ni-Vanuatu women and girls have suffered domestic violence in the past and continue facing it today.

In particular, girls and women in Vanuatu face sexual and physical violence. According to a national study by the Vanuatu Women’s Centre, three in five women in Vanuatu experience violence in their lifetime and one in three experience sexual violence before the age of 15.

Most of these women have experienced sexual and physical violence from a husband/partner in their lifetime.

The report has revealed that there were more than 250 cases hospitalised due to domestic violence. This is an issue that must be given serious consideration by everyone especially chiefs, government leaders, church leaders and mostly Ministry of Justice and Community Service.

Therefore, it is recommended for the government to address the issue in order to protect women and girls of Vanuatu by supporting them. Also, it is required for the government agencies, church leaders, Vanuatu Women’s centre and communities to work together and stand up to end domestic violence and make Vanuatu a safe and happy country.

Sincerely,

Sackary Kapalu

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