I was made aware of this broadcast through colleagues in the World Bank, with who we work in PNG and Solomon Islands. It raises issues that we have not dealt with directly in IFAD projects in the Pacific so far. However, gender and women's empowerment are part of the design of every IFAD-financed activity. One specific effort focussed entirely on women's empowerment is being implemented in PNG with UN Women. It focusses on the issues that women face in working in rural marketplaces to sell their agricultural outputs.
In this video, the speakers are:
Libby Lloyd AM; Merilyn Tahi, Coordinator of the Vanuatu Women's Centre; Zoë Mander-Jones, AusAID and Carol Angir, ActionAID Australia.
Moderator: Olivia Rousset.
It was recorded: October 2012 in Sydney, Australia connecting to Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.
The video notes that violence against women continues in every continent, in every country and culture, in every minute of the day. Reports suggest that one third of Australian women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime; the Pacific region has some of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world. According to the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality, between 60 and 70 percent of women in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu report experiencing violence at the hands of a partner.