Joint programme on Ending Violence against Women and Girls to Launch in Honiara
Representatives from the Solomon Islands Government, UN agencies and civil society organisations will gather in Honiara on Wednesday March 11 to celebrate the official launch of the first phase of the UN-Solomon Islands Government Joint Programme on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls (Joint Programme).
The programme looks to leverage the combined strengths of United Nations agencies and the Solomon Islands Government to create noticeable change for the country’s women and girls, and by extension the wider community, with an overall goal of eliminating violence against women and girls once and for all.
The broader joint programme is a partnership between the Solomon Islands Government and six UN agencies – UN Women, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, ILO and WHO. This is the first time a joint programme on ending violence against women in Solomon Islands has received a UN Trust Fund grant.
The activities launched this week are jointlyimplemented by the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA), Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), UN Women and UNFPA in partnership with UNDP, other UN Agencies and key stakeholders. They have received a USD600,000 (SBD4,338,000) grant for three years from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women through a joint proposal.
The Joint Programme looks to help strengthen capacity within government and civil society organisations to expand survivor services and primary prevention activities as well as changing the environment in which those services are delivered, making violence less acceptable through social transformation.
Solomon Islands has one of the highest documented rates of violence against women in the world. A Family Health and Safety Study released in 2009 found that 64 per cent of women aged 15 to 49 who have ever been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Of those women, 70 per cent never sought help and only 17 per cent sought help from formal services.